Little-Known Facts About Women in the Workplace

Lori Cornmesser
Women in the Workforce

Holding 47% of jobs in America, women are becoming a force to be reckoned with in the working world.  Recently, an article published by the Pew Research Center has analyzed the Census data and come to some interesting conclusions on the values of having women in the workplace and what the realities are for men and women alike in today’s job force.

1. Compilation of data has shown that women are entering the working world better educated than males entering the workforce.  Thirty-eight percent of women ages 25-32 had at least a four year degree when beginning their careers, while only 31% of men in that same age range had at least a four year degree.

2. Looking back across the last 30 years, each new group of young women beginning their careers have began their jobs with wages higher than the previous year, as compared to male wages.  In other words, the gap is closing between the differences in hourly wages between men and women.  In 2012, women ages 25-34 were making 93% of what their male counterparts were making, while in 1980 women in this same age category were making only 67% of what men in this age range were making.

3. Women have become the innovators in the workplace.  Seventy-five percent of women ages 18-32, of the millennial generation, say that America needs to continue to make changes in order to achieve a more gender-equal standard for the workplace.

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Women juggling careers and parenting.

4. While women do want to ensure that they have job security, women from ages 18-67 were overall less-likely than males to ask for a raise or to pursue higher-up positions within their company.  This becomes even more apparent as the age groups are broken down into generation categories.  The baby-boomer generation women are the least likely to ask for raises while Millennial women were the most likely.

5. In terms of men and women who are parents and also have full-time jobs, the number of women who noted that their position as a parent has become a hurdle in advancing their careers is far higher than the number of men who say the same.  Fifty-one percent of women said it made the advancement of their career more difficult compared to only 16% of men who attest the same.

These were just some of the interesting findings that indicate the climate of women’s place in the working world today. To see more of these facts, check out the article listed above.