In 7 states, fewer than 20% of state legislators are women. We measure women's inclusion in the economic, social, and political spheres of American life. The US Index tracks women's college completion, representation in state legislatures, their employment and whether they earn a living wage.
In 37 States, domestic abusers subject to protective orders are not required to relinquish firearms. We measure formal laws that protect or discriminate against women, as well as informal discrimination and women's ability to exercise their legal rights. The US Index tracks seven key legal protections for women, discriminatory attitudes, as well as maternal mortality and access to reproductive health care.