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Working women are working harder as are all Americans

Working WomenThe average middle class family's income rose by 9.2 percent after inflation but they are spending 6.8 percent more time at work to earn it. The average middle-class family's income is rising with more hours to show for work. The average full-time worker works about 43 hours a week. Married working women alone went from 41 hours in 1989 to 46 hours in 1998. African Americans are working even harder with an average 9.4 more hours per week than their white counterparts. Hispanic families are working five hours more per week. (Economic Policy Institute study)

From 1950 to 1999, the increase in the percentage of women among the work force has been overwhelming:

  • US architects nearly quadrupled, to 16 percent
  • The percentage of women economists nearly tripled, to 51 percent
  • The share of women pharmacists increased sixfold, to 49 percent
  • The number of women lawyers went up sevenfold, to 29 percent
  • Women now comprise 50 percent of all journalists, up from 38 percent in 1950
    (Business Week Online, February 2000)

Forty-one percent of working women head their own households — they are single, divorced, separated or widowed and 28% of them have dependent children. (AFL-CIO)

Labor force participation for women continues to be highest among those in the 35-44 age group. (Women's Bureau of US Department of Labor)

According to the White House report, in 1999 about 60 percent of females 16 years of age and older were in the work force, up from 20 percent at the turn of the 20th century. (Business Week)

Women accounted for 85 percent of the total increase between 1989 and 1999 in the number of workers with more than one job.
(Economic Policy Institute)


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