How to improve economic opportunity for women in the US
Prepared slideshow for the 54th NAWRS Annual Workshop

Women have made significant economic progress 

  • From 1950 to 2011, women’s labor force participation nearly doubled—from 33.9% to 58.1%
  • Women’s median wages today are 50% higher than their mothers’ wages
  • On average, women earned 82% of what men earned in 2011, up from 62% in 1979
  • Women now outpace men in educational attainment at every level —bachelors, masters, and doctorates

But millions of women are still struggling

  • Women comprise 64% of minimum wage workers
  • Women have a higher likelihood of being downwardly mobile than men in nearly every income quintile
  • The average income for families headed up by a single mother is $23,000; approximately half the national median income
  • In June 2014, women’s labor force participation dropped to a 25 year low of 56.9%
  • 55 million women are out of the workforce completely for personal reasons or because of the economic incentives in place

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