Women & Work

Published Monday, March 04, 2013 8:24 PM

March is Women's History Month and this March comes on the heels of the 50th anniversary of the publication of what is widely considered a seminal work of American feminism, Betty Friedan's "The Feminine Mystique."   Much has changed since Friedan first wrote her book in the 1960's and much has not. To wit: the New York Times recently ran a fascinating opinion piece titled, "Why Gender Equality Stalled."   Has gender equality stalled? Read the piece and draw your own conclusions. But no matter your viewpoint, what is without dispute is that women make up nearly half of the American workforce and are on track to be an even larger percentage in coming years.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, women in the workforce in 2010:

  • Comprised 47 percent of the total U.S. labor force.
  • Are projected to account for 51 percent of the increase in total labor force growth between 2008 and 2018.
  • 66 million women were employed in the U.S.--73 percent of employed women worked on full-time jobs, while 27 percent worked on a part-time basis.
  • And of 123 million women age 16 years and over in the U.S., 72 million, or 58.6 percent, were labor force participants-working or looking for work.

Here's to the women who make work work, both at home and in the workforce.




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