Women in the Workplace
Women Are a Significant Part of the Workforce
Sklar, Holly., Mykyta, Laryssa., Wefald, Susan. Raise the Floor: Wages And Policies That Work For All Of Us. Ms. New York: Ms. Foundation for Women. 2001.
Three out of four women of childbearing age are now employed.40% of working women are mothers with children under 1858% of mothers with children under age 2 work62% of mothers with children under age 6 work70% of mothers with children under age 18 work
Catalyst, Mothers’ Day Update on Working Moms (May 11, 1997)
Women Work to Support Themselves and Their Families70% of working women work out of economic necessity.
US Census Bureau
41% of working women are the sole providers for their households. They are single, divorced, separated or widowed. 28% have dependent children.
1997 AFL-CIO survey, “Ask a Working Woman”
Of the 68.5 million families in the United States in 1993, 12.4 million (18 %) were headed by women—8 million were white, 3.8 million were black, and 1.5 million were Hispanic.
Nancy Campbell, “Women and Work,” Ohio State University Women’s Studies Department, 1998
Many Working Women Are Part of the Working Poor and Live In Poverty