American women are more likely to be in work than the country's men. They also have a higher probability of finishing high school, but they may still make only 80 per cent of what a man would earn in the same circumstances.
Barack Obama, the US president, has been looking to redress the balance. He has done more for women than any other US president.
One year after taking office, has Barack Obama given American women the long-awaited opportunity to reach higher levels of political participation? Has he done enough?