Hurricane Katrina and the aftermath of the storm produced fundamental changes in the landscape, economy, and people of New Orleans. Many of the changes have had a profound effect on women’s lives in the city. The following report uses a variety of local, state, and national data sources to detail many of the changes for women in New Orleans since Katrina. The Status of Women in New Orleans points to demographic, economic, health, housing, crime, and political changes for women. Women in New Orleans are whiter and more educated than prior to Katrina. Many of the positive economic changes in the city have left women behind, as women earn less than men and are not participating in many of the high-growth areas of the local economy. Overall levels of health and access to medical care for women has increased, while access to reproductive rights has declined. Women are not participating in the rapid growth of the property market in New Orleans, as they are less likely to be mortgage applicants and are more likely to rent. Domestic violence calls have increased, as have their severity. Women are the majority of local voters and are an increasing share of local representatives, while the rate of women holding state-level and national offices has declined. Taken together, the findings presented in this report offer opportunities to identify strengths, weaknesses, and room for policy innovation and action.
The full report is available here: http://www2.tulane.edu/newcomb/upload/8-24-16-Status-of-Women-Report.pdf