Monday, October 19, 2009

Women are the majority of the U.S. workforce  

For the first time in history - and herstory - women have become the majority of paid U.S. workers. The recently released Shriver Report: A Women's Nation Changes Everything determined that women are the primary breadwinners or co-breadwinners in 63.3% of American families. During the second wave of feminism - in 1967 - women made up only one-third of all workers.

It is amazing that we've come so far. I truly think that economic independence and access to the workforce is crucial to achieving equality for women. But we need to keep in mind that discrimination still persists, and women, especially women of color, are often denied top positions and fair pay.

In light of such a historic/herstoric event, Ms. magazine has put together an article, called "Paycheck Feminism," outlining five things we need to achieve next.

What next?

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1 comments: to “ Women are the majority of the U.S. workforce

  • March 2, 2010 at 10:28 PM  

    I think it's great that women have made it this far! To be honest I wouldn't have thought that this was possible..yet obviously it is! Women deserve a good quality job just as much as men do. However, I am still pretty upset that a woman and man could be doing the same exact job, and a man could get paid more for doing that. This needs to change! But hey, at least us women are making a great deal of progress!!