5 Statistics about Women in the Workforce that Might Surprise You:
It’s been a long, but overall, mostly successful battle to get women into a respectable place in the workforce.
The conversations on wage equality are still happening with fervor, and the opposition by women for women to not relinquish their stay-at-home-mom benefits too quickly, are abundant as well.
But none of this is news. You’ve seen the articles and heard the interviews. You’ve watched women become CEOs and publish income amounts at every level of the corporate ladder. But there are a few things that might surprise you about women in the workforce today.
Here are 5 Statistics about Women in the Workforce:
Women Enjoy Working with Other Women.
While the US workforce is made up of nearly 50% women, 39% of them work in industries that attract women workers. This means women tend to be more comfortable around other women – almost to an extreme. Women enjoy working in organizations where upwards of three-quarters of the workforce are also women. This includes dental, social worker, and human resources. Speaking of enjoying work, statistics show that more women than men enjoy their jobs and feel more engaged at work. As an employer, if you want to hire for productivity, you might want to look to the females first.
Women Own More Businesses than Ever Before.
Women aren’t afraid of the unconventional workforce – nearly 10 million businesses in the US are owned by women! And that number is growing. Some studies place women as owning between 30% and 40% of all businesses across the US.
Bringing Home the Bacon.
Do you want to take a guess at how many mothers are the primary or sole earners for their families? It’s just over 40%, up drastically from the 11% of 1960. And women who are one of two working parents in a family bring home an average of 44% of the family income.
Better Educated at A Younger Age.
By the age of 29 women are more likely to have earned a bachelor’s degree than men. In fact, the number of women who graduate from a degree program is up from 63% to over 70% in the last 20 years. Meanwhile, the percentages for men graduates have stayed the same for decades.
Things are Not the Same Globally
Unfortunately, the United States is still 47th on the list of best countries for women’s equality. What are the top countries on the list? You guessed it, they’re all European; Sweden, Slovenia, Germany, Denmark, and Switzerland.
While the United States workforce may have a ways to go with equality, they’ve definitely come a long way.
And all of the data shows us that women are determined to have it all. The ideals of work-life balance still weigh heavy on many women’s shoulders. The internal conflict of pursuing a career and spending more time at home for and with family is a constant struggle. No matter what an individual’s situation might be, it’s nice to know that there are options.
Have you had a notable experience as a woman in the workforce? Positive or negative, we’d love to hear about it in the comments section below.
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