Women's Statistics

  • For every 2 jobs added for men in the government, 5 were added for women.
  • Women purchase 82% of all products and services.

Women in Sports

Sports Media:
The increased interest in hiring is reflected in some sports-related industries, but not all. In sports media, the record is mixed. The Association for Women in Sports Media reports that in 1991, fewer than 50 women were working as sportscasters out of 630 affiliate stations. According to USA

Today, three major networks and nine cable networks employed 127 women in on-air sports positions in 2003. At newspapers nationwide, the percentage of women in sports departments rose form 6% in 1991 to 13% in 2001, according to the Associated Press Sports Editors Association. However, just two of 50 newspaper sports departments surveyed had a woman working as sports editors, and the Associated Press Sports Editors Association, itself, has only 24 female members out of 641 members total.

Source: Monster Diversity.

Professional Sports:
The 2003 Racial and Gender Report Card found that sports organizations overall were lagging behind in minority and female hiring. Published by the Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport at the University of Central Florida (UCF), the report found that of all the men's professional leagues, the National Basketball Association (NBA) had the best record for hiring women and minorities. The NBA has 13 female league office vice presidents and one female team president, and 29 percent of team senior administrative posts are held by women. College sports made the greatest overall gains, although only 45 percent of college coaching positions are held by women. When it came to gender-based hiring practices, the National Football League, Major League Baseball and Major League Soccer received low ratings.

Source: Diversity Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport

College Athletics: At the NCAA's corporate headquarters in Indianapolis, 62 percent of the employees are women. And the NCAA has an active women and minorities internship program that provides women with the opportunity to build skills and gain experience.

Women in the Workforce Women in Corporate America

  • In November 2002, women represent 15.7% of the corporate officers in America’s 500 largest companies. These percentages are up from 12.5% in 2000 and 8.7% in 1995.
  • In April 2002, there were six female CEOs in the Fortune 500 and a total of eleven in the Fortune 1000.

    Source: Census of Women Board, Directors of the Fortune 1000

Corporate Officers

  • The percentage of women holding seats on the boards of directors at America's largest companies has risen steadily since 1995. Of Fortune 500 companies surveyed, 54 companies have 25 percent or more female directors, up from 11 percent in 1995. At the same time, only 54 of the same size companies lacked female board directors, down from 96 companies with no female board members before 1995.

  • The number of women corporate officers have jumped to 2,140 out of 13,673. That’s up from 1,622 out of 12,495 corporate officers in 2000.
  • The number of women corporate officers have jumped to 2,140 out of 13,673. That’s up from 1,622 out of 12,495 corporate officers in 2000.

Top Earners

  • Although women are moving up, men still dominate the earnings race. Almost 95% or 2,141 of the top earning corporate officers are men, compared to only 188 or 5.2% of women top earners in the Fortune 500.
  • Women holding clout titles – including, but not limited to chairman, chief executive officer, vice chairman, president, chief operating officer, senior executive vice president, and executive vice president – have increased from 7.3% in 2000 to 9.9% in 2002.

Source: Catalyst, The 1998 Catalyst Census of Women Corporate Officers and Top Earners of the Fortune 500

Earnings (Compares to each $1.00 earned by white male managers)

  • Asian/other women: 67 cents
  • White women: 59 cents
  • African American women: 57 cents
  • Hispanic women: 48 cents

Demographics Education:

  • Asian/other women have the highest education of all women managers – 63 percent have attained college or advanced degrees.
  • African-American women managers have the next highest incidence of college degrees (40 percent), yet earn less than White women managers.
  • African-American women have higher educational attainment than African-American men, a situation unique to this group.

Family: Women managers are more likely to be single parents than male managers. Women managers who are unmarried and have children under 18: 22 percent African-American, 15 percent Hispanic, 8 percent White, and 5 percent Asian/other women.

Source: Catalyst, Women of Color in Corporate Management: A Statistical Picture

Women in high tech industry Labor Force Statistics

  • In the past ten years alone, employment in the U.S. computer and software industries has almost tripled. (Source: Dept. Of Commerce, "America’s New Deficit: The Shortage of Information Technology Worker," 1999).
  • Women in high tech make 22 percent less than men. When controlling for educational attainment, age and race the pay gap diminishes to 17 percent. (Source: The Council of Economic Advisers, "Opportunities and Gender Pay Equity in New Economy Occupations," May 11, 2000).

Education and Credentials Women

  • Who comprise 51 percent of the population and earned 56 percent of all bachelor level degrees awarded - earned only 27 percent of the bachelor level computer and information science degrees awarded by U.S. academic institutions in 1997-1998.
  • The share of all computer science degree awarded to women in the United States has fallen from a peak of 37 percent in 1984-85, to 27 percent in 1997-98.
    Source: U.S. Dept. Of Education. National Center for ducation Statistics. Digest of Education Statistics, 2000, NCES 2001-034.
  • African Americans, American Indians, and Hispanics are underrepresented in computer science education, though the share of degrees in these fields received by each of these groups has climbed substantially since 1977.
    White: 74 percent
    African-American: 12 percent
    American Indian: 0.7 percent
    Hispanic: 10 percent

Women Board of Directors and Corporate Officers

  • The percentage of board seats held by women in technology companies, 11.1 percent, is slightly lower than the overall percentage for Fortune 500 companies, 11.7 percent.
  • The percentage of board seats held by women in California-based technology companies, 8.7 percent, is lower than the percentage found for all Fortune 500 technology companies, 11.1 percent.
  • The percentage of women corporate officers of Fortune 500 technology companies, 8.9 percent, lags behind the overall percentage, 12.5 percent, for Fortune 500 companies.
  • The percentage of women corporate officers of technological companies located in California, 7.5 percent, is lower than the overall percentage for technological companies, 8.9 percent.

Source: Unpublished 2000 Catalyst census data. Catalyst, 2000 Census of Corporate Officers and Top Earners.

Women Executives

  • 11.2% of corporate officers are women.
    75% of Fortune 500 companies (376) have at least 1 women officer. Over half (258) of Fortune 500 companies have more than 1 female corporate officer.
  • 6% of corporate officers holding line jobs are women, while 94% are men.
  • Savings institutions are the industry with the most women at the top—32% of corporate officers are women. Other top industries include: diversified financials (30%), publishing/printing (26%), and transportation equipment (24%).
  • 2 industry groups have no women corporate officers: trucking and textiles; others with low representation include electronics, semiconductors (2%), and waste management (3%).

Two Career Families

  • 60% of all marriages are dual-earner marriages; members of dual-earner families make up 45% of the workforce.
  • 69.9% of women and 61.8% of men in dual-career couples, say that a wage-earning spouse gives them more freedom to leave their company if not satisfied.
  • 56% of men in two-career marriages report that having a working wife has a positive impact on their careers, 65% of women indicate the same
  • 58% of women and 53% of men in two-career couples name "lack of time" as the biggest challenge of their marriage.

Source: Catalyst

Women Entrepreneurs

  • In the United States, women-owned firms represent 38% of all firms; internationally, women-owned firms represent between 25% to 33% of the total business population

Purchasing and Investing

  • 75% of business women who use the Internet are going online to gather information prior to making purchases
  • 72% of women business owners have invested in stocks, bonds and mutual funds; 58% of women employees have invested
  • 42% of women business owners frequent malls;59% of women employees frequent malls
  • 57% of women business owners who use the Internet have purchased products or services online, compared to 40% of women employees
  • 86% of women business owners say they use the same products and services in the home and in their businesses; 68% of them say they do so consciously; 32% of them say it just works out that way
  • 39% of women business owners say a quality product of service is an important reason for using the same brands at home and in the business.

Source: National Foundation for Women Business Owners



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