Women are Infinitely Valuable in the Workplace

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.

  • 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.

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8 Responses to “Women are Infinitely Valuable in the Workplace”

  1. Kelley Long

    Women make up almost three quarters of users of workplace financial wellness benefits – we are proactively taking charge of our money!

  2. Deborah G

    I think when you have to tout your value it comes from a lack of self esteem perspective.I KNOW what I’m worth and have NEVER been a victim or allowed anyone to pay me less. In fact I make them pay more because I prove I am more valuable than another employee. Now I own my own business. Every employee is a woman. They work harder, are smarter and they get paid 33% more than the industry standard here. Stop your bitchin and whining . Get to work, Misery indeed loves company when it come to women .AND no I am not gay and I like men

    • Jenny Stidd Lizama

      Deborah G, it’s great that you have been able to do all the things you mention in your post, but there is no need to insult those women who haven’t – for whatever reason. Name calling is not the solution. Giving a hand up is. You have helped all the women you employ to realize their potential. Not everyone has been so fortunate. Where would those women be without your guidance? They might very well be those very women that you are insulting. And, I’ve noticed that you have had the same demeaning comment on every post about this topic the last few days. For me, the purpose of these days celebrating women is to reach out to those women who are not as fortunate to have good mentors. Why? Because I can! Let’s keep it positive!

    • Asha

      I understand what you’re saying because I was always picked out due to my work ethic and knowledge and it angered me when other women performed poorly because they played the girly card, however, it’s time for women to stand together and lift women up for all that we’ve done and continue to do. If it wasn’t for Women there wouldn’t be a world because last I knew we are the only ones that can bring life into this world and it is a gift from God.

  3. Adrienne Cooper

    Just quickly, when you use the 80 cents stat you’re leaving out further marginalized groups, like women of color who earn even less.

    • Deborah G

      I don’t buy into that either. Who these days looks at color? Really?Maybe a few racists but until Obama made women and people of color believe they are victims yet again it was work ethic and behavior.No one should be given a pass because of their being a woman or being of color because of the victimology BS> I have different races here, my kids BOTH married minorities.I don;t think they are marginalized. In fact my Son In law is highly sought after because he is such a stand up man. Stop this victim nonsense.

  4. deesmith

    I remember when I was a young mom, in the early 80’s, I worked as a data entry clerk for a police department in southern California. There was one other data entry clerk, a young man around the same age. He accidentally shared what he was being paid with me, and it was more. I confronted my supervisor and his explanation was that “he has a family”. Sad but true and I barely see any significant change even today. In fact, I just found out yesterday that a co-worker, much younger than I, and a male, makes more than I do and I’ve been here longer and have a higher position. What is wrong with this picture?

  5. Asha

    Also, not every woman has children. I was in the military for 20 years and if you married nonmilitary or had a child you received extra money for them. Not to mention taking over their tasks as they were out as well as the spouses. Then you have to take into account that military pay is no where near nor equal to civilian pay but far from it and we get paid for a 24 hr day, not 8 hours nor overtime. Depending on the job, location, and status, you can easily pull a 12 – 24 hr shift. I remember doing 12hr days in a regular schedule and in different jobs. When I first went in we had 8 female companies to 1 male company going into the military and that was only in my branch of service. So these stats are way off if we weren’t considered.