Liz Watson

    The National Women’s Law Center’s Labor Day Index

    Posted September 5th, 2012 by

    This blog was cross-posted from Womenstake, the National Women’s Law Center’s blog.

    In honor of Labor Day, here’s a snapshot of how working women are faring in today’s economy, by the numbers.

    • Percentage of college graduates earning bachelor’s degrees who are women: 57.
    • Percentage of students earning master’s degrees who are women: 60.
    • Years of college that a man must attend, on average, to earn approximately the same as a woman with a four-year degree: 2.
    • The typical number of cents paid to a full-time, year-round woman worker for every dollar paid to her male counterpart: 77.
    • The typical number of cents paid to an African-American full-time, year-round woman worker for every dollar paid to a white, non-Hispanic man: 62.
    • The typical number of cents paid to a Latina full-time, year-round woman worker for every dollar paid to a white, non-Hispanic man: 54.
    • The amount of money a typical woman loses over the course of a 40-year career due to the wage gap: $431,000.
    • Out of 22 industrialized countries, the number of countries with a smaller gender wage gap than the United States: 14.
    • Out of the 111 occupations for which wage gap data is available, the number of occupations in which men out-earn women: 107.
    • The total number of EEOC charges alleging sex or pay discrimination against women in Fiscal Year 2011: 29,453 (30% of all charges).
    • The percentage of seats held by women in the United States Congress: 17.
    • The number of women CEOs of Fortune 500 companies: 19 (3.8% of all Fortune 500 CEOs).
    • The percentage of women in the federal judiciary: 31.
    • The percentage decrease in coaching positions on women’s college teams held by women from 1972 to 2012: 53 percent.
    • The number of minimum wage workers that are women: 2 out of 3.
    • The number of women working in traditionally female occupations: 4 out of 10.
    • For every 1 man, the number of women working in occupations with typical earnings below the federal poverty threshold for a family of four: 2.4.
    • The rate at which low-wage jobs have grown in comparison to middle and high-wage jobs during the recovery: nearly 3 to 1.
    • The unemployment rate among adult women: 7.5%.
    • The poverty rate among women: 14.5 percent.
    • The average number of hours a woman spends per day caring for and helping household members, doing housework, fixing meals and managing the household: nearly 5.
    • The number of federal laws providing paid sick leave, paid family leave, or fair scheduling practices: 0.
    • The percentage of American families in which women are primary or co-breadwinners: 63.
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    October 16, 2012 at 2:21 am by California labor law posters

    Nowadays women are becoming important labor force. However we have to admit that there are still gender discrimination and that there are more things we need to do to protect women at work.

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