The numbers show what we already know
The statistics are memorable and often repeated: Women make 80 cents on the dollar compared to their male counterparts. Women lose an average of 4 percent of their lifetime earnings with the birth of each child. Thirty percent of women with bachelor’s degrees are “opting out” of the workforce with the birth of a child, a number that has been mostly unchanged for the past 30 years.
But what about the positive numbers, the ones that show what an integral part of the workforce and economy women really are? We dug around and found just that. So read on, and prepare to be inspired.
- In Pennsylvania, it’s estimated that the state would lose $845.8 million if women took off work for just one day, as with the A Day Without a Woman initiative. If every paid working woman in the entire U.S. took a day off, it would cost the country nearly $21 billion in gross domestic product (GDP).
- In 2015, 42 percent of mothers in the U.S. were either the sole or primary breadwinners.
- Of newspapers surveyed in 2013 by the Women’s Media Center, 63 percent had at least one woman among their top three editors.
- In the last eight of 10 years, the proportion of women in the incoming classes of CEOs among the world’s largest public companies was bigger than that in the outgoing class. So what does this mean, exactly? That women CEOs are becoming increasingly prevalent in the world’s biggest 2,500 public companies, the PricewaterhouseCoopers study says.
- Women held 18.8 percent of board seats among the 842 Fortune 1000 companies surveyed in 2015, up from 17.7 percent the previous year.
- Companies in the U.S. with at least one or more women the board have outperformed men-only boards by 2.4 percent yearly.
- Sixty percent of women polled by Real Simple say they are more ambitious than their mothers; and 45 percent say they are more ambitious than their fathers.
What’s your favorite fact about women in the workplace? Tell us in the comments.