10 interesting – and frustrating – facts about women in the workforce

In honor of Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day coming up on March 8, here’s 10 interesting (and, sometimes frustrating) facts about women in today’s workforce. Take a look!

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  1. Jobs in which men are traditionally employed typically pay 20 to 30 percent more than traditionally female jobs. – Wider Opportunities for Women
  2. Male-dominated jobs pay an average median hourly wage of $17.35, while the traditionally female-held occupations pay just $13.85 hourly on average. This translates into a median annual salary of $36,085 for men and $28,805 for women – a yearly wage gap of $7,280. – Wider Opportunities for Women
  3. A recent White House report from the Office of Science and Technology Policy, notes that “Women in STEM jobs earn 33% more than those in non-STEM occupations and experience a smaller wage gap relative to men.” – Learn How to Become
  4. A 2010 research study by the management consulting firm McKinsey & Company found that operating profit was 56% higher for corporations that had one or more women on its executive committee or board of directors. (Source: McKinsey & Company)
  5. Mothers are the primary or sole earners for 40 percent of households with children under 18 today, compared with 11 percent in 1960. – Department of Labor
  6. Only 6.2 percent of employed women worked in nontraditional occupations in 2008.- US Congress
  7. More than one-half of all working women are clustered in 25 of 504 job categories tracked by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Excluding teachers and nurses, most of these categories are among the lowest-paid occupations.- US Congress
  8. Women make up 94.7 percent of child care workers, whose hourly wage averages $10.15, but only 1.5 percent of electricians, who make an average hourly wage of $24.91. – US Congress. In addition, Women comprise 92.7 percent of receptionists and information clerks, whose hourly wage averages $12.63, but only 10.9 percent of surveying and mapping technicians who make an average hourly wage of $19.41. – US Congress
  9. Girls comprise only 15 percent of students enrolled in high school courses leading to nontraditional occupations. This proportion has stayed relatively constant for the past 30 years. – US Congress
  10. According to The National Association of Manufacturers Over the next decade, nearly 3½ million manufacturing jobs will likely be needed, and 2 million are expected to go unfilled due to the skills gap. Women hold only 4.7 percent of welding, soldering, and brazing jobs. – US Congress
Written by Renae Fischer
Academic Advisor - NTO