Gender Inequality in the Workplace
Although women in the U.S. hold almost 52% of all professional-level jobs, they lag substantially behind men when it comes to their representation in leadership positions. According to the global non-profit institution Catalyst, women constitute 44% of the overall S&P 500 labor force but only 20% hold board seats, and only 6% of CEOs are female. Across all levels and industries, significant wage gaps remain: women make only 82.3 cents for every $1.00 earned by men, a gap that grows for minority women. The fight for better conditions for working women goes beyond pay and representation. Women are also fighting for paid family leave, job security during and after pregnancy, and contraceptive coverage included in company healthcare plans.