Women in the Workforce Statistics

By: Danielle Eldredge Email
By: Danielle Eldredge Email

Over the past century most would agree, women have come a long way in the workforce....

…But not as far as you may think.

“In post World War 2 1950ish only a third of women worked...about 55% of women work today. That’s a huge jump in economic terms,” said Troy University Economics Professor Dr. Lane Eckis.

But Eckis also says...women still have a ways to go.

“Ten or 15 years later into their career perhaps they meet that glass ceiling and experience disparity in wages and salaries,” said Eckis.

“In this recent study from the University of Chicago it says that after men and women leave the hallways of their universities and go into the workforce, men and woman make about equal salaries. But if you fast forward to about 15 years later women make 75% less. Why? Well a lot of people think it's because of children,” said reporter Danielle Eldredge.

“To actually exit the workforce to raise a family focus on other things like children and maybe renter the workforce with a gap in their experience is why they feel they receive less pay and less benefit,” said Eckis.

Although Eckis says it's possible to be a mother and have a successful career, employers don't make it easy.

“Two blind resumes where it was clear that one female did have children and one did not that she was about 100% less likely to be hired with children and make less,” said Eckis.

Despite possible hurdles, Eckis remains positive.
“I think if you personally have a goal in mind and you work 110% to get it...there's nothing to stop you,” said Eckis.

Eckis suggests women gain work experience before having children.

She believes that's the key to combating the latest "Women in the Workforce" figures.


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