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Published on October 26th, 2015 | by Millennium Magazine Staff

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Center for Women Releases the 2015 SC Women Status Report

Pictured: Amy Brennan, executive director of Center for Women

South Carolina – The Center for Women (C4W) releases the first Status of SC Women Report – Charting the Course for Change, in commemoration of 25 years as an organization. This report focuses on four key indicator areas including Leadership, Health & Safety, Education and Economic Security.

The status report is a tool for our state to measure the equality and opportunities provided to women in South Carolina and to ensure the economic success of businesses, families, and our communities. “Our goal is to encourage change and to work with stakeholders across South Carolina in moving the needle toward increased opportunities for women that provide economic benefit for us all,“ says , a statewide nonprofit headquartered in Charleston.

The Charting the Course for Change report makes the case that these are not only women’s issues, but economic issues that affect our entire state’s economy. Metrics like the wage gap, lack of quality, affordable child care, and the workforce talent gap affect everyone’s bottom line. “When the median income for women in our state is nearly $10,000 less than men we not only have a disadvantage based on gender, but we have an economic disadvantage for all of us as a result,” said Brennan. “Further, when only 29% of women who need publically funded healthcare are receiving it or when we only have 18 domestic violence shelters to serve 46 counties, we can clearly show that we are not serving all citizens equally in our state. These issues affect the health, emotional and economic outcomes for each of us in South Carolina.”

Other data points included in the report:
* Only 1 of 43 publicly traded companies in SC has more than 30% of women on their board.
* Maternal Death rates have increased by almost 300% in SC and no one knows why.
* Women earn high levels of educational degrees in SC but do not attain high wage jobs.
* SC is ranked 40th in the nation for the overall state of childcare.

To read more, the full 16-page report can be found on the C4W website (www.c4women.org/statusreport2015) along with a video where stories bring the report to life. Center for Women is delivering the report in person at a number of community presentations across SC as well. Available immediately, 30,000 copies of the 4-page Executive Summary of the report is being distributed in the Lowcountry, Midlands, and Upstate SC through the SC Biz Journal publications. 5,000 copies of the full report are available for interested elected leaders, business partners, local representatives, and community members.

If you would like to have us speak to your group, club or business please email info@c4women.org or call (843) 763-7333.

Center for Women is a 501c3, nonprofit organization and is the only comprehensive women’s development organization in South Carolina. The mission of the Center for Women is to advocate and educate so that women in South Carolina have economic success and are leaders in their professional, community and personal lives. For programs and services of the Center for Women please visit our website at www.c4women.org.

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