Economic Security

The Gender Wage Gap by Occupation

 Women’s median earnings are lower than men’s in nearly all occupations, whether they work in occupations predominantly done by women, occupations predominantly done by men, or occupations with a more even mix of men and women.

by Ariane Hegewisch, Claudia Williams, Vanessa Harbin (April 2012)

URL: 
http://www.iwpr.org/publications/pubs/the-gender-wage-gap-by-occupation-1

What's a Mom Worth in 2012?

 Salary.com has created an online salary calculator for stay-at-home moms.

URL: 
http://www.salary.com/what-s-a-mom-worth-in-2012/

The Wage Gap State by State: 2012 Fact Sheets

State by state factsheets from the National Women's Law Center.

At the time of the Equal Pay Act's passage in 1963, women working full time, year-round were paid merely 59 cents for every dollar paid to their male counterparts. Enforcement of the Equal Pay Act and related civil rights laws has helped to narrow the wage gap, but significant disparities remain and must be addressed.

URL: 
http://www.nwlc.org/resource/wage-gap-state-state-2012-fact-sheets

Job Growth Slows for Women and Men in March

According to IWPR analysis of the April employment report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, job growth slowed in March with 120,000 jobs added to nonfarm payrolls. In March women gained 38,000 jobs (about one-third of all jobs added) and men gained 82,000. Women’s employment growth was aided by strong growth in health care (26,000 jobs added overall) and food service and drinking places (36,900 jobs added overall). The gap between women’s and men’s employment in March is 1.9 million.

The unemployment rates remained largely steady from February to March, declining for women aged 16 and older (to 8.1 percent from 8.2 percent), and unchanged for men (8.3 percent). As of March 12.7 million workers remain unemployed.

(April 2012)

URL: 
http://www.iwpr.org/publications/pubs/job-growth-slows-for-women-and-men-in-march

Simple Truth About the Pay Gap (2012)

Equal pay is important for women's economic well-being and that of their families. When men and women are paid differently for comparable work, women have fewer resources to support themselves and their families, to invest in additional education for themselves and their children, and to provide for retirement.

URL: 
http://www.aauw.org/learn/research/simpleTruth.cfm

Keeping America's Women Moving Forward: The Key to an Economy Built to Last

Within months of taking office, President Obama created the White House Council on Women and Girls with the explicit mandate to ensure that every agency, department, and office in our federal government – with the policies they draft, the programs they create, and the legislation they support – takes into account the needs and aspirations of American women and girls. Over the past three years, the Obama Administration has worked tirelessly to promote equality; enhance women’s economic security; and ensure that women have the opportunities they need and deserve at every stage of their lives, from obtaining training and education, to succeeding in the workforce and supporting their families, to retiring with dignity and security.

URL: 
http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/email-files/womens_report_final_for_print.pdf
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