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Women in Kentucky

​​​​​​​​Women in Kentucky have made considerable advances over the years, but they continue to face inequities that often prevent them from reaching their full potential. Ad​​ditionally, the recent global pandemic had a disproportionate impact on women and girls, physically, socially, emotionally, academically and economically. The Kentucky Commission on Women is charged with educating policymakers and the public about the status of Kentucky women and girls, and to that end, we partnered with the Kentucky Center for Statistics, the Kentucky Department for Public Health and others and researched other publicly available data to help us prepare this snapshot of Kentucky’s women and girls. The Commission’s goal is to use this information as a starting point to a more comprehensive and ongoing review to bring about actionable policy recommendations to improve the status of women and girls in the commonwealth.

Women in Kentucky

Published March 2024. — The Kentucky Commission ​on Women recognizes that the data represented in this document is not a comprehensive representation of every woman in Kentucky and that it does not address any disparities that may be identified upon a deeper review.

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  • America's Health Rankings, United Health Foundation
  • Center for American Women in Politics
  • Kentucky Association of Counties
  • Kentucky Behavioral Risk Factor Survey 2021, Kentucky Department for Public Health
  • Kentucky Domestic Violence Data Report 2022
  • Kentucky Incentives for Prevention (KIP) Survey 2021, REACH Evaluation
  • Kentucky League of Cities, Inc.   
  • Kentucky Legislative Research Commission
  • Kentucky Small Business Association
  • KY STATS/US Census Bureau​