White House’s “Women in America” study: Gender equality hasn’t improved much

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The latest news in lady news is that… there is no news. And that's not a good thing. Yesterday afternoon, the White House released their study "Women in America." Women currently achieve higher in all levels of academia than men, and by 2019 women are expected to make up sixty percent of all undergraduates. Yet, they're still making only seventy-five percent of what their male counterparts do.

The rest of the nearly hundred-page report offers up information on not only education and employment, but health, income, crime and violence, and family. While it probably won't shock anyone that women are getting married later in life and giving birth later in life — if they're having children at all — the crime and violence, as well as the health section of the study, have vaguely more interesting facts to report. Apparently, violent crimes against women have declined since the early 1990s. In terms of health, women are forty percent more likely to have trouble walking in their old age; perhaps this is because over one third of women over the age of twenty are obese. 

All in all, even the White House officials who conducted this study admit there's nothing game-changing to report. Which is disappointing in and of itself, since the last time this study was conducted was in 1963.