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Population Profiles:
Women and Men
 
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Tracking Gender Gaps

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Younger women, ages 25 to 34 have reversed the education gap between sexes, with thirty-three percent having completed college compared to 29% of men the same age. Eighty-nine percent of younger women have completed high school compared to 85% of men. Fifty-six percent of college students are women, a majority they have owned since 1979. And, since 1982, more women than men have received bachelor degrees.

Fifty million of the seventy-one million women who are in the labor force work full time, year-round (70%). This represents 57 percent of women age 16 and over, compared to seventy-percent of men. Earnings for women who work full time, year round, are 76 cents for every dollar earned by men. This figure has increased from 74 cents since 1996.

In terms of employment, women have closed the gap in the "Executive, Administrators, and Managerial" occupational category, with 15% of their laborforce there compared to 16% for men. Yet there are still pronounced "male" and "female" dominated categories: the "Administrative Support (including clerical)" occupations were 79% women, while the "Precision Production, Craft, and Repair" occupations were 91% men. Of special significance: the rate at which women are starting new businesses is nearly triple the total rate of business starts (SBA: Women in Business).

 
     
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Women and Men
Source: US Census Bureau; Census 2000; Current Population Survey, Annual Demographic
Supplement, March 2002, Women and Men in the United States [PDF 61K]

EDUCATION COMPLETED 2002
PERCENTAGE MEN AND WOMEN AGE 25-34
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EARNED INCOME 2002 PERCENTAGE
MEN AND WOMEN AGE 25 AND OVER
2002 SEX RATIO (NUMBER OF MEN
FOR EVERY 100 WOMEN 15 AND OVER)
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