June 20, 2014

Majority of US minimum wage jobs taken up by women

Women in America comprise nearly two thirds of the nation’s minimum wage workers, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

Further research from the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) revealed that women take up 76% of workers in the ten most prominent low-wage occupations, such as childcare workers and housekeepers.

The data also showed that women working full time in these positions earn ten percent less than their male counterparts on average. (Read more on the ongoing gender wage gap).

These continued trends lie in conjunction with the current low proportion of women in leadership roles, despite a wealth of evidence that suggests that gender diversity in teams improves business activity.

Read more on the report here.