Inequality in the Workplace

Women are discriminated against everyday at work

Women are 46% of the U.S labor force.

Decades ago, fewer than 20% of women participated in the labor market. While today, women make up almost half of the work force.

For every dollar that men earn women make 77.5 cents.

This data comes from the 2003 census. The difference between the pay for women and men, according to economists, is because of different personal choices they make. Such as personal fulfillment, child rearing, and hours at work. Slowly but surely this gap is closing because women are increasingly becoming more educated.

Women business owners employ 35% more people, than all the Fortune 500 companies combined.

They are about 9.1 million women owned businesses in the United States. Which is almost 40% of all businesses. Some people find this surprising because they believe women do not make good business owners.

Only some employers provide replacement plans during periods of maternity leave.

If a woman is to leave work temporarily to have a child, only 53% of employers provide women with benefits, such as extra bills and expenses. Considering this is not a law it is a blow to the income and the ability to take care of their family.

Racism in the workplace .

African American and Hispanic women both earn less than every dollar earned by white men. African American women earn 64 cents to every dollar and Hispanic women earn 62 cents to every dollar. Something needs to be done to make the workplace equal no matter gender or race.