Census History and Data Speak Volumes about Women's Equality

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Emily Farnum

Around 1900 Emily began her career with the Census Bureau as a clerk. After 20 years and two censuses, Census Bureau leadership recognized Emily’s skills and promoted her as
the first (female) expert chief of a division in July 1919. 

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Emily was not only a tireless Census Bureau employee, but she was also a passionate suffragist. As early as 1914, she wrote letters to the Washington Times as a proponent of a woman’s right to vote and participated
in marches. In 1916, the Stanton Suffragette Club, an auxiliary of the National American Woman Suffrage Association, elected Emily as an executive member. 

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Behind the 2018 US Midterm Election Turnout

Women's Voting Statistics in 2018

Voting trends among different voting groups between 2014 and 2018. Women showed up!

  • Among men and women, voter turnout increased by 11 and 12 percentage points respectively.
  • There was a gender gap by age

Take a deeper look to gain more nuanced information about today's women voters.

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