The first annual Status of Women in Miami-Dade County, authored by Dr. Maria Ilcheva of Florida International University The Metropolitan Center, was released in December 2016.
The report was prepared for the Miami-Dade County Commission to evaluate the opportunities for women in the areas of economic opportunity, health and safety and education. County Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava sponsored an ordinance in September 2015 adopting the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). This ordinance, unanimously adopted by the County Commission, requires annual reports to be written, which will create benchmarks that can be used to measure progress on women’s issues.
Some key findings from the report are:
- Women in Miami-Dade County make 87 cents to every dollar a man earns.
- Hispanic and Black women earned 63 cents to the dollar of white women.
- Most businesses in the County are still owned by men, including employer businesses. However, women-owned businesses grew more than men-owned businesses between 2007 and 2012.
- The value of contracts the County awards to women-owned businesses represents only 3.7% of the total value of contracts awarded.
- Only 32% of members of County boards are women.
- Rape cases in areas under Miami-Dade County Police jurisdiction were up 14.4% in the first 8 months of the year.
- Support the safe rescue and rehabilitation of victims of human trafficking, and educating the public
- Advocate and support program to enhance availability of child care to working women
- Support activities and policies that enhance the quality of life of working women
- Support income inequality initiatives and recommendations focused on lifting low-wage workers
- Support adequate funding of K-12 and Early Childhood Education