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March 09, 2009 • Issue 09:03:01


Women's evolution in the workforce

Following are data pertaining to women's evolution in the workforce.

  • According to the Department of Labor Women's Bureau, of the more than 70 million new jobs created in the United States between 1964 and 1999, 43 million went to women.

  • The U.S. Bureau of Statistics reported that, in 2006, 33 percent of wives earned more than their husbands, 24 percent higher than in 1987. And women working full-time in management, business and financial operations had median weekly earnings of $908 in 2007, more than any other occupation.

  • Catalyst Inc., a nonprofit organization founded to expand opportunities for women in business, reported in 2008 that women constituted 46.3 percent of the U.S. workforce.

  • In the United States, women make up 56.2 percent of those employed in professional occupations (health care, law, education, government) and related services, according to a 2008 Fact Sheet released by the Department for Professional Employees, AFL-CIO.

  • A February 2008 study by the World Health Organization found that women make up to 75 percent of the workforce in the health care sector, while overall, women comprise 42 percent of the global working population.

  • 75.2 percent of office and administrative workers are women; they also hold 57.2 percent of service occupations. (AFL-CIO)

  • A study by the Joint Economic Committee of Congress found that, in 2008, 72.7 percent of women between the ages of 24 and 54 were employed either full- or part-time in the United States.

  • In 2008, 15.4 percent of Fortune 500 corporate officers, 2.4 percent of chief executive officers and 6.7 of the nation's top earners were female. (Catalyst)

  • Women have been earning more bachelor's and master's degrees than men since 1982. In 2008, men also fell behind in the number of professional and doctoral degrees awarded. By 2009, women are projected to earn 57.75 percent of all post-secondary degrees. (AFL-CIO)

  • The American Academy of Pediatrics reported that in 2008, over 50 percent of pediatricians and 60 percent of pediatric residents in the United States were female.

  • Women comprised 44 percent of the labor movement in 2007, up 19 percent from 1962. (AFL-CIO)

  • In 2007, the proportion of boards with multiple female members increased 2.5 percent over 2005, up to 28.6 percent. (Catalyst)

  • The U.S. Department of Labor said that between 1977 and 2007, the number of employed women 65 and older was nearly double that of men in the same age group.

  • In 2008, women earned 27 percent less than their male counterparts in professional occupations and 38 percent less in the U.S. sales industry. (AFL-CIO)

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