Why the Census Matters for Women & Girls

Key Takeaways

  • Census data help guide the distribution of over $1.5 trillion each year in federal funds—including funding for programs that serve tens of millions of women and girls, particularly with low incomes.
  • A fair and accurate count will help ensure the quality of census-derived data and research on women’s and girls’ economic security, while also ensuring that women and girls receive their fair share of political representation.
  • Many women and girls fall into one or more “hard to count” groups and require intentional outreach to ensure a fair and accurate count.