A 74-page comprehensive report about the status of women in San Antonio was recently published by Lily Casura, who recently completed her Masters of Social Work at the University of Texas in San Antonio, and Dr. Rogelio Sáenz, professor of demography at the University of Texas in San Antonio.
The report was commissioned by the City of San Antonio. It was divided into four parts discussing four major topics: health and wellbeing, economic opportunities, political participation, and violence and safety.
According to the United Nations, “gender equality is not only a fundamental human right, but a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world” and gender equality is one of their 17 goals for sustainable development.
Below are some highlights about women in San Antonio from the report:
- Of women between the ages of 35-44, non-Hispanic Black women have the lowest marriage rate at 37%, while Asian women have the highest at 77%.
- 7% of women who gave birth in San Antonio were under 20 years old, which is down from 11%.
- 1 in 5 women do not have health insurance.
- In Bexar County, the maternal mortality rate is 45.8 deaths per 100,000 births.
- Women in the northernmost parts of the city have a higher life expectancy than women in south San Antonio.
- Non-Hispanic Black women have the highest mortality rate for the three leading causes of death for women: heart disease, cancer, and stroke.
- Compared to other urban counties in Texas, more women are dying from chronic liver disease.
- Young Hispanic girls are less likely to attend Pre-K schooling than girls of other races.
Earlier this week, the San Antonio City Council also held a briefing detailing this report. The video of the meeting can be found here.