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April 28, 2009


Women's Policy Research - Men out-earn women in nearly every occupation for which data are available. Of the more than 500 occupational categories for which sufficient data are provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in only 5 occupations do women earn the same or more than men.

Men earn more than women even in jobs that are most common among women, such as

- Administrative assistants: women earn only 83.4 cents for a man's dollar

- Elementary and middle school teachers: women earn 87.6 cents for a man's dollar

- Registered nurses: women earn 87.4 cents for a man's dollar

Men and women still tend to be concentrated in very different jobs, with the most common jobs among women paying less than the most common jobs held by men. For example, the highest paying of the ten most common occupations for women, 'Registered Nurses,' pays $1,011 in median weekly earnings, whereas the highest paying of men's top ten most common jobs is 'Managers, all other,' which pays $1,359 per week. The lowest paying of the most common jobs for women is 'Cashier' at $349 per week, whereas the lowest paying most common job for men is 'Cook' at $404 per week.

Fact Sheet


Anonymous Anonymous said...

7 out of 10 of the world's hungry are women and girls.

Women do two-thirds of the world's work, receive 10% of the world's income, and own 1% of the means of production.

Women make up 60% of the world's working poor; people who work but do not get paid enough to lift themselves above the $1 per day poverty line.

Elderly women are 70% more likely to be poor than elderly men.

Women account for 64% of minimum-wage workers in the USA.

Women in the USA get paid 77 cents for every $1 paid to a man in 2005. In the developing world, it's 73 cents. Even worse, of course, for women of color: Black women, it's 63 cents. For Latinas, it's 53 cents.

Of the 37 million people living below the poverty line in the USA, 21 million are women.

More than two-thirds of the world's unpaid work is done by women - the equivalent of $11 trillion or almost 50% of world GDP.

In many regions women provide 70% of agricultural labor and produce over 90% of food.

The women of Africa walk the equivalent of a trip to the moon and back 16 times a day to supply their households with water.

Two-thirds of children denied primary education are girls.

Global average proportion of women in Parliament is just 17%. The USA ranks 67th with a mere 16%.

Over the past decade, women's work has contributed more to global growth than has China.

Want more? Go here: http://www.womenfightpoverty.org/docs/WorldPovertyDay2007_FactsAndFigures.pdf

Meanwhile, the top nine richest men in the USA have money that rakes in (with no work done at all) $150.00 per second every second of their lives, 24 hours per day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

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April 29, 2009 7:58 AM  
Anonymous Mairead said...

Very, very nice. Thanks for that.

April 29, 2009 4:51 PM  
Blogger Matthew said...

Still women do have a longer life expenctency than men in almost every country in the world so what does that say about quality of life? In addition women achieve higher grades than men in school, what does that say about the equality of the education system from a male point of view? Its sweetness and light for men obviously.

June 19, 2009 12:57 PM  
Blogger Clever Elsie said...

@ Matthew: Women probably live longer due to a combination of biology and lifestyle choices that are less physically risky. While there's not much that can be done about biology, if men wanted to increase their life expectancy, they could undoubtedly improve it significantly by cutting back on the high-risk activities that they take part in more frequently than women do.

There does seem to be a bias toward the female learning style in the early childhood years, but let's not forget that education is only a means to an end. A 4.0 GPA is only valuable in real-world terms if it leads to higher income, and what stats like this show is that it doesn't.

June 21, 2009 11:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The title of this article is misleading. Shouldn't it read:
"The jobs that men tend to choose pay more than the jobs that women tend to choose." ?

You cannot compare apples & oranges like this. Men & women have different work/life priorities, focus in different career niches, are willing to travel & work overtime differently.
These choices get reflected in one's pay. Where are the 80 jobs that women earn more than men mentioned? Let's state the facts, not bias.

July 6, 2009 3:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The author left out factors like the number hours worked, like women often take on less responsibilities in the work place to raise children. The victim mentality isn't healthy; these stupid articles of perceived oppression get women angry over nothing but their own choices. I find it down right pathetic implying the pay gap is oppression when there are real issues of real oppression.

November 2, 2009 3:30 AM  

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