Status of Women in New Orleans 2024

In honor of their 100 years of service to the Greater New Orleans community, the Junior League of New Orleans commissioned a report on the status of women. The Junior League of New Orleans sought to provide a snapshot on women’s lives today and how things have improved, stagnated, or declined over time via analysis of data on the following dimensions: Demographics, Economic Status, Health Status, Crime and Gender-based Violence, Political Representation, and Climate. The Junior League of New Orleans collaborated with the Newcomb Institute at Tulane University to commission and develop this report, which builds from a prior report they led in 2016 focused on the Status of Women in New Orleans 10 years post-Katrina.

Newcomb Institute at Tulane University is an academic institute focused on gender equity research and training. The Institute led the development of this report, using publicly available demographic data from the US Census, health data from the Louisiana Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, crime data from the New Orleans Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and political representation data from Orleans Parish. Where possible, data are presented with breakdowns on race/ethnicity and age. The Mary Amelia Center for Women's Health Equity Research supported data mining and interpretation of findings. The Connolly Alexander Institute for Data Science developed data visualizations. Both organizations are also part of Tulane University. This collaboration brought trained experts from public health and demography, data sciences, and gender equity together to generate this work. The report considers findings from the most recently available data (2022/2023) and trends over periods up to 15 years.

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Findings from the Report

View Full Report: Release Date TBA


Project Partners

Connolly Alexander Institute for Data Science, Newcomb Institute, Mary Amelia Center for Women's Health Equity Research (MAC), United Way of Southeast Louisiana 

Principal Investigator

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Anita Raj, PhD, MS she/her/hers
Executive Director, Newcomb Institute of Tulane University  
Nancy Reeves Dreux Endowed Chair
Professor, Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine

This work includes sensitive information on mental health and violence. If you need support for any of these concerns, please contact:

Louisiana Mental Health, Suicide, and Crisis 24-hour Hotline: 988
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