While women have made progress in several areas, some numbers are changing much too slowly. The wage gap has narrowed by only a half a penny a year for the past 40 years. The gap between median earnings of full-time, year-round workers widened last year, with women’s earnings currently 76% of men’s, down from 77% in 2004. At this rate, it will take another 40 years for women to reach wage parity with men, and over the course of a working lifetime, the average women loses approximately $523,000 due to the wage gap.
101 Facts on the Status of Workingwomen gathers facts on the status of women in the labor force, the wage gap, women entrepreneurs, women in the Fortune 500 & 1000, women in the government, women and higher education, women’s buying power, women and philanthropy, women and families, women and care giving, domestic violence and the workplace, women and retirement, and women’s health.