Gov. Bev Perdue has announced preliminary findings of the 2012 Status of Women in North Carolina report indicate that women in North Carolina have made significant social and economic advances since 2000, but the need for further progress remains. The report is being prepared by the independent Institute for Women’s Policy Research on behalf of the N.C. Council for Women in the N.C. Department of Administration. “Many North Carolina women have experienced life-changing benefits as a result of our state’s emphasis on improving educational opportunities, including those that provide job-ready skills,” Gov. Perdue said. “It is clear, however, that too many North Carolina women remain vulnerable to economic insecurity caused by unemployment, a persistent wage gap, poverty and the high cost of child care.” Gov. Perdue has also declared Saturday as Women’s Equality Day in North Carolina in recognition of the 92nd anniversary of the passage of the 19th amendment, which gave women the right to vote. She encourages women to celebrate the occasion by registering to vote and speaking to policymakers about the needs of their communities.