Women have been in the workplace since World War II and saw Rosie the Riveter as an inspirational icon to help out on the home front. Also, ever since women entered the workforce they’ve been fighting for equal rights. Here are some statistics that are still true today (found on CollegeTimes):
- Women comprise 46% of the U.S. workforce
- Women only make 77.5 cents to every dollar a man makes (data from 2003 census)
- The more education a woman has, the bigger the earning gap
- Women may work harder to receive the same promotions
- Women business owners employ 35% more than all the Fortune 500 companies combined
- Women account for 59% of the workforce who make under $8/hour
- Only 53% of employers provide some type of compensation when women go on maternity leave
- 4 out of 10 business, worldwide, have NO WOMEN in senior management
- Women earn less than men in 99% of occupations
- Minority women are even less likely to gain equal pay as men (African American women earn 64 cents and Hispanic Americans earn 52 cents to the dollar)
One of the reasons women may earn less than men is because they’re also less likely to negotiate a higher salary. Here are some good resources for women to help reduce the earning gap and increase their presence in the workforce. Remember that the most effective method for change is through education and courage to make it happen.
Career Women is a member of The Career Exposure Network (CEN)™ a 100% women-owned Recruiting network of premier niche sites that have been helping employers find top quality candidates to meet their growing business needs.
Women’s Job Search is a website dedicated to career advancement for professional women anonymous resume posting National Association of Women Business Owners NAWBO is the only dues-based national organization representing the interests of all women entrepreneurs in all industries. The association currently has over 8,000 members in nearly 80 chapters nationwide.
Women for Hire events enable America’s leading employers across all lines of business to meet one-on-one with a coveted pool of talent in all disciplines.
National Organization of Women Friendly Workplace Campaign (Employer’s Pledge)
Center for Women Businesses Research is a source of knowledge about women business owners and their enterprises worldwide. The Center’s mission is to unleash the economic potential of women entrepreneurs by conducting research, sharing information and increasing knowledge about this fast-growing sector of the economy.
Business and Professional Women/USA, founded in 1919, promotes equity for all women in the workplace through advocacy, education and information.
Workplace Solutions The Workplace Solutions Project of Wider Opportunities for Women offers free resources and services to assist employers and unions to increase the access to and success of women in nontraditional apprenticeships, training programs and occupations.
Wider Opportunities for Women (WOW) works nationally and in its home community of Washington, DC to achieve economic independence and equality of opportunity for women and girls.
US Department of Labor Women’s Bureau The mission of the US DOL WB is to promote the well being of wage-earning women, improve their working conditions, increase their efficiency, and advance their opportunities for profitable employment.
What resources do you find helpful as a woman?
Karen is a Career Counselor and Internship Coordinator at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW). At IPFW she assists students in finding internships, coordinates and assists with campus-wide events, teaches a Career Planning course, and meets with students to assist them with all aspects of career development. Connect with Karen via LinkedIn or Twitter.