Pale Wire (Popscene)

Tuesday, February 28, 2006

It's the Same Old Song
Ladies, shall you overcome?

Here are the latest stats from the US Labor Department on women in the workplace. The new 2005 fact sheet barely speaks to the gender pay gap singled out by a number of advocacy groups, but it does hold a few things of interest.

Some indicators point toward equality at the top:

  • Women accounted for 50% of all workers in the high-paying management, professional, and related occupations. They outnumbered men in such occupations as financial managers; human resource managers; education administrators; medical and health services managers; accountants and auditors; budget analysts; loan counselors and officers; property, real estate, and community association managers; social and community service managers; preschool, kindergarten, elementary, middle, and secondary school teachers; and registered nurses.
And the bottom:

  • The unemployment rate for both women and men was 5.1%.
But it's not all pant suits and shattered glass ceilings. I wonder if these numbers attempt to include illegal aliens working service jobs:

  • The median weekly earnings of women who were full-time wage and salary workers were $585, or 81 percent of men’s $722. When comparing the median weekly earnings of persons aged 16 to 24, young women earned 93% of what young men earned ($381 and $409, respectively).