Startling Statements

"In our democratic society, the search for gender equity has been a pervasive problem. We have yet to make significant progress in many areas, including the removal of stereotyped expectations, teacher training in equity issues, equal opportunities in training and occupational choice, and provisions for incentives and support measures for these initiatives."  — National Center for Research in Vocational Education (NCRVE)

  • A married woman can expect to spend 34 years in the labor force.
  • An unmarried woman can expect to spend 41 years in the labor force.
  • The poverty rate for married couple families is 4.7 percent, while the poverty rate for female-headed families is 24.7 percent.
  • By 2010 it is projected that 80 percent of women ages 25 to 54 will be employed.
  • By 2010 women will comprise more than 52 percent of the labor force.
  • Today 43 percent of women workers are in jobs paying below-poverty-level wages.
  • Today 27 percent of male workers are in jobs with below-poverty-level wages.
  • By the year 2010, people with less than a high school education will be able to fill only 9 percent of all jobs.
  • Women ages 16 to 34 represent 1 percent of automobile mechanics.
  • Men represent 7.2 percent of registered nurses.
  • According to the FAA Certification Branch, there were 340,402 certified aviation maintenance technicians in the United States in 1999. Of those, 1.38 percent were women.
  • In 2000 the median weekly earnings for men in construction trades was $599, while the median weekly earnings of women in construction trades was $475.
  • In 2000 the median weekly earnings for female registered nurses was $782, while the median weekly earnings for male registered nurses was $890.

Sources: US Department of Labor, Census Bureau, Women's Bureau, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics