The answer is almost exactly 25%.
That is, one out four women born in 1916 are still alive today.
The figure comes from authoritative statistics maintained by the
National Center for Health Statistics:
National Center for Health Statistics
In particular, the NCHS has published a table of life expectancies by
age and gender, which can be seen here:
Table B. Number of survivors by age, out of 100,000 born alive, by
race and sex: United States, 2002
The table shows that, for every 100,000 women who were born 90 years
ago, 25,411 are still alive.
[NOTE that the data was derived in 2002, but there's no reason to
suppose that it has changed greatly in the past few years. That is,
there is still a 25% rate of survivorship for those who are currently
90 year olds and who were born in 1916].
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Clarification of Answer by
12 Mar 2006 14:08 PST
I'll try to answer your follow-up question as best I can, though
detailed statistics from the early 1900's are hard to come by.
According to this historical record of births from the Census Bureau:
Live Births, Deaths, Infant Deaths, and Maternal Deaths: 1900 to 2001
there was a total of 2,964,000 births in the US in 1916.
Since births are generally divided pretty evenly between males and
females, we can use this number to surmise that there were 1,482,000
female babies born in 1916.
Hope that's what you needed.