Where the ladies live in southwestern Connecticut
March 8 is International Women's Day, and here in Connecticut we have a lot of women to celebrate.
As of 2016, Connecticut (and the United States as a whole) is home to more women than men. The U.S. Census reports that in that year, 51.2 percent of Connecticut's population was female.
To celebrate the majority population, we took a look at which southwestern Connecticut towns are proportionately home to the most women. The top female town is Stratford with 53.4 percent female majority (as of 2015).
Weston is the most male-dominated town in the area with 50.7 percent of the population being male. Brookfield and Stamford land right in the middle with perfect 50/50 ratios.
We also looked at where the independent women live–specifically where there is the highest percentage of female householders (homes owned or rented by women with no husband present). Bridgeport tops that list with almost 25 percent of homes in the city owned or rented by women alone.
And not only that, Connecticut was recently named one of the best states for women in 2018. Financial website WalletHub took a look at factors like social and economic well-being and health care and safety in each state and found that Connecticut ranks number eight in the cuntry–up from it's ranking of number 10 in 2017.
Since 1987, March has been Women's History Month. The roots of National Women's History Month go back to March 8, 1857, when women from various New York City factories staged a protest over working conditions, the U.S. Census writes.
"International Women's Day was first observed in 1909, but it was not until 1981 that Congress established National Women's History Week to be commemorated annually the second week of March. In 1987, Congress expanded the week to a month. Every year since, Congress has passed a resolution for Women's History Month, and the president has issued a proclamation," according to the U.S. Census.
Click through the slideshow above to see the breakdown of the genders in each southwestern Connecticut town.