Status of Women

Introducing the Status of Women in Kenosha and Racine research report.

What is the status of girls and women in Kenosha and Racine? Two groups of community and education leaders from across Kenosha and Racine have been meeting since September 2018 to conduct a research study, to gather data, and to raise awareness of the challenges, opportunities, and social issues facing girls and women in Kenosha and Racine. 

Our overall goal as educators, researchers, and advocates is to set the stage to move the needle in closing gaps and improving equity for women and girls. 

This interactive website, based on The Status of Women in your County: A Community Research Tool, provides data and information across several topic areas including Demographic Mapping, Education, Health & Well-Being, Crime, Business Ownership, Labor, Poverty, and Political Representation for women and girls in Kenosha and Racine. The data, research reports, links to references, and compilation of community resources are accessible via one central location. The data collected and presented is intended to provide a baseline of information for the Status of Women and Girls in Kenosha and Racine. The research team plans to update the data in 2020. 

Thanks to the faculty researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside for collecting the data, preparing graphs, charts, and research reports. 

And to the Advisory Committee who developed this interactive website in partnership with the Marketing Team at UW-Parkside and provided an initial listing of community resources available for girls and women in the region. 

We know that this report is just the beginning of our work to learn more about the Status of Women in Kenosha and Racine and consider the launch of the website to be phase one. In phase two, we will introduce the Status of Women Report for Kenosha and Racine to the community and will conduct a series of presentations with government, civic, economic development, and community organizations. In addition, we invite community partners to showcase their services and programs for girls and women on this website by completing this Google form. In phase three, we will update the data files with information from the 2020 census. 

Status of Women Committee

In Kenosha and Racine 

  • More high school graduates are women 
  • More college and university graduates are women 
  • Fewer elected officials are women 
  • Fewer women work in technology, engineering and science fields 
  • More women in poverty 
  • Fewer women serve on corporate boards and hold CEO positions 
  • Girls have a higher rate of depression than boys 
  • Women owned businesses grew from 2002-2012 
  • Women have a lower rate of deaths from substance abuse 

View each section to learn more about the status of women in Kenosha and Racine.

Business ownership and corporate leadership represented by a female leader and two employees

Business Ownership and Corporate Leadership

Review data on financial performance of companies with women Board Directors, Wisconsin companies with three or more women on their boards, and gender diversity in S&P 500 companies in Wisconsin and nationwide. 

Go to Business Ownership and Corporate Leadership research

Crime - represented by the scales of justice


Crime that disproportionately affect women includes sexual violence, rape, and domestic violence. In this section, review five years of data comparing Wisconsin, Kenosha, and Racine in the areas of arrests for rape, sex offenses, and number of female rape victims.

Go to Crime research

K-12 Education Icon - represented by a spiral notebook with "ABC" and "123" inscribed


Review the high school and higher education enrollments and graduation numbers for KUSD, RUSD, Carthage College, Gateway Technical College, and UW-Parkside. Also, review bachelor’s degrees holders by gender and discipline in Kenosha, Racine, and Wisconsin along with occupational categories by gender. In addition, compare the Forward Exam results for Kenosha, Racine, and Wisconsin in Math and English Language Arts for male and female students in KUSD and RUSD. 

Go to Education research

health and wellbeing - represented by a heart and EKG

Health and Well-Being

Compare the United States, Wisconsin, Kenosha, and Racine on the following health indicators: Infant Mortality; Teen Births; Depression and Suicide; Breast Cancer; Substance Abuse; Opioid Deaths; and Obesity.

Go to Health and Well-Being research

Labor Market- represented by a briefcase

Labor Market

Kenosha and Racine sit in the epicenter of regional economic growth and reside in one of the busiest economic corridors in the United States. In this section, compare trends in Labor Force Status, Occupational Distribution, and Earnings Gap by Gender in the United States, Wisconsin, Kenosha, and Racine.

Go to Labor Market research

political leadership and representation - represented by a ballot box

Political Representation

See the outcomes for women who hold elected positions and leadership roles on School Boards, Town Boards, Village Boards, City Councils, and County Boards in Kenosha and Racine compared against the state of Wisconsin. 

Go to Political Representation research

poverty - represented by hands holding a bowl up for food


Review data on people in poverty and poverty by gender for Wisconsin, Kenosha, and Racine by race. 

Go to Poverty research

GIS Demographic Data

Demographic Mapping - GIS

Maps have an ability to start conversations and the interactive maps in this section allow us to better understand similarities and differences in demographics across Kenosha and Racine Counties. Take time to view the demographic maps showing percentage of female residents, median age, and percentage Hispanic females.

Go to Demographic Maps - GIS

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