Status of Women & Girls in Minnesota Research Project
At the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota, we aim to make racism, sexism and poverty history. To this end, we conduct ongoing research to quantify and analyze barriers to gender equity for women and girls in Minnesota.
In 2009, the Foundation launched the Status of Women & Girls in Minnesota (Status) research project in partnership with the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School’s Center on Women, Gender, and Public Policy. Annually, data specific to Minnesota women and girls has been gathered, analyzed, and published in economics, safety, health, and leadership. The Foundation shares the research statewide through community listening sessions, including presentations and focus groups. The Status research and community input informs the Foundation’s annual grantmaking and policy agenda, and identifies new areas where research is needed.
In 2016, the Foundation made a grant to the University of Minnesota’s Robert J. Jones Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center to evaluate and redesign the Status project. The updated project design will be calibrated to support the implementation of the Young Women’s Initiative of Minnesota, including an intersectional analysis and Action Plan areas, a Prosperity & Well-Being Index, and use of high-impact graphics and charts. The new report will be published in 2017.
The project represents a unique approach to research by using a gender-race-place-equity lens. Over 100 experts from academia, government, nonprofit and private sectors, elected bodies and philanthropy participated in working groups and reviewed data on women and girls in Minnesota to identify the key issues outlined in the research, and proffer solutions.
Through the research, a baseline is provided for measuring where to apply needed interventions and benchmark the continued progress on the road to economic, political and social equality for all women and girls in Minnesota.