Since 2013, the Aurora Foundation has worked with partners to collect and evaluate data on the status of women and girls in Hartford County.
The resulting Aurora Report, made public in 2014, is the first comprehensive study of our women and girls. It examines key areas of opportunity and adversity. The report provides invaluable data to those who advocate for and serve the women of Hartford County.
The findings indicate that while many women in our region are thriving, just as many are unable to achieve stability and well being for themselves and their families.
Women often find themselves disproportionately impacted by issues of education, economic security, crime and safety, and health. This is especially true for women of color in the urban and urban periphery areas of Hartford County.
- In Hartford, 55% of female heads of household live in poverty. Households maintained by women in Connecticut are more than twice as likely to have incomes below the Family Economic Self-Sufficiency Standard as those maintained by men.
- Hartford County has the highest rate of teen pregnancy in the state. Teens who have babies are more likely to rely on public assistance and to have children with poor educational, behavioral, and health outcomes.
- 29% of Connecticut’s state and local government employees are women, a significantly lower percentage than the national average.
- The median income for full-time, working women in Hartford County is $48,034—16% less than men. This is a smaller wage gap than in the rest of Connecticut and the nation as a whole.
- 29% of executives at Fortune 500 companies in Hartford County are female. Zero are CEOs.
- Hartford has the highest incarceration rate for women and girls in the county. 40% of the incarcerated women here have not completed high school. Those convicted are statistically more likely to be survivors of physical and/or sexual abuse.
- Education makes a significant impact on a woman’s earning power. Lack of higher education exacerbates the wage gap, which widens for women in lower wage jobs. In Hartford County, only 34% of women have a Bachelor’s degree or advanced degree.
- Investment in college completion programs reduces the rate of welfare dependency by 88%.
- In 2013, fewer than 18% of Hartford County women earned degrees in STEM subjects.
- The women of Hartford County are more racially and ethnically diverse than anywhere else in Connecticut. One in four speaks a language other than English at home.
The impact of the findings
The Aurora Foundation uses the report’s findings in our decision-making. Research data influenced our plan to focus for now on college completion grants, for example. The findings also advance community conversations and inform collaborations intended to improve the lives of women and girls.
Please, use this data to your advantage.
Know the issues, know the facts and use them to make your own case for the conditions and means that will unlock the potential of our women, families and communities.
We use the findings in the report to guide our work and inspire our collaborations. We hope you will join us.