Young Women Value Career
A new report published by the Pew Research Center shows that young women now value a high-paying profession more than their male counterparts.
- 66% of women 18-34 put career high on their life priority list, compared to 59% of men in the same age range
- In 1997, only 56% of women said the same, compared to 58% of men
Middle-aged women (35-64) are also increasingly saying that having success in a high-paying career is “one of the most important things” or “very important”, at a rate of 42% of women versus 43% of middle-aged men. Only 26% of women in that age range said the same in 1997.
SALARY DISPARITY PERSISTS
In 1979, women earned about 62% of what men earned; the number rose steadily until 2004, but has plateaued since.
- In 2010, full-time or salaried working women had median weekly earnings of $669, compared to $824 for men
- However, the wage gap is smaller for younger workers aged 16-34, with women earning over 90% of what men do
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