Yesterday, I ranted a little bit about the dilution of a good idea when we expanded Bring your Daughters to Work Day to include male offspring and changed it to Bring OUR Daughters and Sons to Work Day. I thought I should take a look at the actual results of women in education and in the workforce, because maybe, just maybe I was over reacting.
33% of women 25 to 29 had attained a bachelor’s degree or higher in 2007, which exceeded that of men in this age range (26%). (source)
28% of women 25 and older obtained a bachelor’s degree or more as of 2007. This was up 11 percentage points from 20 years earlier. (source)
Women earned 58% of the bachelor’s degrees during 2008-09; 60% of the master’s degrees; and nearly 50 percent of first-professional degrees, such as law and medical. (source)
All good news.
In 2007, women earned 77.5 cents for every $1 earned by men. (source)
Not such good news. And even more frightening:
The 10 most prevalent occupations for employed women in 2008 were—
- Secretaries and administrative assistants, 3,168,000
- Registered nurses, 2,548,000
- Elementary and middle school teachers, 2,403,000
- Cashiers, 2,287,000
- Retail salespersons, 1,783,000
- Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides, 1,675,000
- First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers, 1,505,000
- Waiters and waitresses, 1,471,000
- Receptionists and information clerks, 1,323,000
- Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks, 1,311,0
Women accounted for 51% of all workers in the high-paying management, professional, and related occupations. They outnumbered men in such occupations as public relations managers; financial managers; human resource managers; education administrators; medical and health services managers; accountants and auditors; budget analysts; biological scientists; preschool, kindergarten, elementary, middle, and secondary school teachers; physical therapists; writers and authors; and registered nurses. (source)
I don't know. Maybe I should just get with the program and bring all my children to work and make sure I talk to my daughters about plenty of career opportunities.
WHAT DO YOU THING? Leave your perspective on this topic in the comments section. I would love to read what you think.