When in comes to the statistics and women and the workplace there has been improving numbers. Yet, there are still many things about these numbers that would probably upset the majority of working women in America. Here are some of the facts that were discovered by the US Census Bureau.
There has been an increase by 4% of the number of women who makes $100,000 or more a year since the years of 2007 to 2009.
There has been a reduction by 4.4% of men who makes $100,000 or more a year for the same time period.
Yet, this does not mean that women overall are making more money than men. The average women are still only making .87 cents compared to each dollar a man makes.
The increase in the amount these few women have made has been linked to the growth of women pursuing jobs on the lines of the academia variety.
Yet, the most disturbing documented information that has been reported is how weight plays a part in the work place. According to a report that was published in the Journal of Applied Psychology, women made less money if they were of average sized or heavier. In fact, women may begin to see a decrease in their salaries or even find themselves losing jobs when they begin packing on the pounds. It was also reported in the same report that the opposite was true for men. If a man packs on the pounds he may actually find an increase in his salary.
Does this mean a double standard still exists? Many will say yes.
What about the gender gap? Some may say it is shrinking a bit since the US Census Bureau has stated that there is a rise in the number of women who made the $100 K club this year. This may sound good at first. However, don’t let the numbers totally fool you. Although there has been a small decrease in the number of men who made the list during the years of 2007 and 2009, this really doesn’t mean a whole lot since 80% of those on the list are men.
What does this men for women overall?
It means we need to continue to do what we are doing now. Should we worry about our weight? Yes and no.
Appearances do matter. Any employer will tell you this. However, what matters even more is your health. Concern yourself with your weight if this is an issue that may cause you future health problems. As for your job, do the best work that you can and let your skills define you.