According to the statistics regarding women in the workforce, collected by the U.S. Department of Labor in 2010:
- 66 million women were employed in the U.S. – 73 percent of employed women worked in full-time jobs, while 27 percent worked part-time.
- The largest percentage of employed women (41 percent) worked in management, professional, and related occupations.
- The largest percentage of employed Asian, white, and black women (46, 41, and 34 percent, respectively) worked in management, professional, and related occupations.
- Women are projected to account for 51 percent of the growth in the U.S. labor force between 2008 and 2018.
In 2011, for the first time in American history, the balance of the workforce tipped toward women, who now hold a majority of the nation’s jobs. Despite that, only 42 women are CEO’s in Fortune 1000 companies in the United States.
Women make up more than half of the United States population, yet in the U.S. Congress, only 18% of seats are held by women.
The Pay Gap
According to a recent study by AAUW, the wage gap between recent male and female college graduates with identical degrees and competencies still favors men—with a difference of about $8,000.
Edinboro University Student Ratio
Colleges and universities across the country are experiencing a higher increase in women students than men. In fact, at Edinboro University the student ratio is 62% female and 38% male.
The United States ranks 69th among countries with the highest percentage of women in government. Countries with a higher percentage of women include Uganda, Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Paid Maternal Leave: Almost Everywhere
The United States is one of eight countries, out of 188 that have known policies, without paid leave.