Cal State Document
The women veteran population in the United States now exceeds 2.2 million. About 8 percent of these women live in California, for a population of more than 180,000. Women veterans have much in common with their male counterparts but have unique experiences and needs as well. Anticipating and addressing these needs is a growing focus of state and federal governments. One component of California’s response to the growing women veteran population is the California Women Veteran Survey, a biennial survey of women veterans living in the state. Begun in 2009, this survey is administered by the California State Library’s California Research Bureau on behalf of and in cooperation with the California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls and the California Department of Veterans Affairs.
he 2013 survey builds on previous iterations by offering a new set of questions based on the lessons learned in 2009 and 2011, as well as feedback from members of the California women veteran community. The survey was carried out between September and December of 2013, and this report summarizes the results. Because collaborators could not identify a random sample of California women veterans to participate, the 2013 survey relied on a convenience sample of volunteer participants. This approach reduces a researcher’s ability to generalize findings to the overall women veteran population of California; however, the results reported here are accurate accountings of the experiences of roughly 1,000 California women veterans. Their experiences likely reflect the experiences of many other women veterans in the state.
California Research Bureau, "California’s Women Veterans Responses to the 2013 Survey" (2014). California Agencies. Paper 279.