The WomanStats project is the world’s most comprehensive database of information about the status of women. Founded in 2001, the database compiles cross-national information about women’s status in 175 countries using 350 separate indicators of women’s status, culminating in over 170,000 individual data points. The goal of the project is to investigate the linkages between security and state behavior and the status and security of the women within them. Research is led by 13 investigators at universities across four countries and is supported by the research of graduate and undergraduate students. The WomenStats project works within six interrelated fields: international relations, geography, psychology, sustainable development, statistics, and sociology. Primary goals of the project are threefold:
- To develop the most comprehensive database on the situation and status of women in the world;
- To develop innovative indices and measures to describe the situation and status of women, which will allow for empirical analysis, assessment, monitoring, and evaluation activities;
- To perform empirical and spatial analysis of the relationship between the situation and status of women in the world with the behavior and security of states
WomenStats research has been published in esteemed journals including International Security and The Journal of Peace Research, has been published in a book entitled Sex and World Peace, and has been vetted by the United Nations, the US Department of Defense, the CIA, and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
WomenStats research is publicly available. The website provides a comprehensive guide to utilizing the database and streamlining searches. The codebook shows the list of all variables. WomenStats also runs a blog.