The WomanStats Project Database: Advancing an Empirical Research Agenda Academic Article uri icon


  • This article describes the WomanStats Project Database a multidisciplinary creation of a central repository for cross-national data and information on women available for use by academics, policy-makers, journalists, and all others. WomanStats is freely accessible online, thus facilitating worldwide scholarship on issues with gendered aspects. WomanStats contains over 260 variables for 174 countries and their attendant subnational divisions (where such information is available) and currently contains over 68,000 individual data points. WomanStats provides nuanced data on the situation and status of women internationally and in so doing facilitates the current trend to disaggregate analyses. This article introduces the dataset, which is now publicly available, describes its creation, discusses its utility, and uses measures of association and mapping to draw attention to theoretically interesting patterns concerning the various dimensions of womens inequality that are worthy of further exploration. Two of nine variables clusters are introduced womens physical security and son preference/sex ratio. The authors confirm the multidimensionality of womens status and show that the impact of democracy and state wealth vary based on the type of violence against women. Overall, the authors find a high level of violence against women worldwide.

published proceedings

  • Journal of Peace Research

altmetric score

  • 11

author list (cited authors)

  • Caprioli, M., Hudson, V. M., Mcdermott, R., Ballif-Spanvill, B., Emmett, C. F., & Stearmer, S. M.

citation count

  • 34

complete list of authors

  • Caprioli, Mary||Hudson, Valerie M||Mcdermott, Rose||Ballif-Spanvill, Bonnie||Emmett, Chad F||Stearmer, S Matthew

publication date

  • January 2009