Women’s Well-Being Index
What is the California Women’s Well-Being Index?
The California Budget & Policy Center created the California Women’s Well-Being Index, which is a multifaceted, composite measure that consists of five “dimensions”: Health, Personal Safety, Employment & Earnings, Economic Security, and Political Empowerment. Each dimension is composed of six indicators that have been standardized and combined to create dimension scores, on a scale from zero to 100, for each of California’s 58 counties. The five dimension scores have been combined to create an overall Women’s Well-Being Index score for each county.
Why is women’s well-being important?
“When women thrive, their families and communities prosper. Yet despite decades of progress, women still face persistent disparities on a range of issues, from economic security to health to participation in political leadership. By viewing women’s well-being as encompassing various distinct yet interrelated components, policymakers, advocates, service providers, and community members can begin to craft policy solutions that help make California a place where all women and their families can thrive” (California Budget & Policy Center, March 2016).
Los Angeles County is overall ranked 31st out of 58 California counties in women’s well-being. In comparison to its adjacent counties, Los Angeles is ranked above San Bernardino and Kern but below Orange and Ventura Counties.
Propel L.A. Analysis has identified a significant statistic in each of the five dimensions:
|Dimension||Indicator||Description||Timeframe||Los Angeles County||California|
|Health||Health Care Coverage||Percentage of women ages 18 to 64 without health insurance||2010-2014||25.7%||20.6%|
|Personal Safety||Neighborhood Safety||Percentage of women who feel safe in their neighborhood all or most of the time||2011-2014||80.5%||85.6%|
|Employment & Earnings||Median Earnings||Median earnings for women employed full-time, year-round in past 12 months (2014 dollars)||2010-2014||$40,676||$43,709|
|Economic Security||Poverty||Percentage of women age 18 and over living in poverty||2010-2014||17.8%||15.8%|
|Political Empowerment||Voter Turnout||Percentage of women who voted in the 2014 general election||2014||24.7%||30.9%|