Earlier this week my daughter and I attended a breakfast hosted by the Westchester Women's Agenda (WWA) in Westchester County, New York. The WWA describes itself as "a feminist organization that serves as a strong voice for women in Westchester on legislative policy and program issues." It's a coalition of nonprofits, volunteers and corporations which work together to advocate for common objectives.
- Twelve percent of Westchester's children live in poverty. Twelve percent.
- The number of new cases of chlamydia in the county continues to rise dramatically each year. In 2005, the chlamydia rate among Westchester women was 266 per 100000 people; by 2014, it has risen to 464 cases per 100000 people. The trend for men is similar.
- Depression is the most common clinical mental health diagnosis among women.
- Men outnumber women in elected office within the county by 2 to 1.
- Women fill only one-third of executive leadership positions in the largest seven corporations headquartered in Westchester.
- Women continue to earn less than men for equal work.