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On average, high earners with an associate degree earned about 15 percent more than those with a high school diploma.

Nearly 75% of tomorrows jobs will require use of computers, while fewer than 33% of participants in computer courses and related activities are girls.

A woman with a two-year associates degree earns 28 percent more than one with only a high school education.

Nearly 15 million women in the U.S. earn too little to cover basic living expenses for their families, despite working in full-time, year-round jobs. Education is one proven strategy for raising incomes.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, women make up about 48 percent of the labor force; men 52 percent.

A married woman can expect to spend 34 years in the labor force.

An unmarried woman can expect to spend 41 years in the labor force.

Today 43 percent of women workers are in jobs paying below-poverty-level wages.

The poverty rate for married couple families is 4.7 percent, while the poverty rate for female-headed families is 24.7 percent.

Today 27 percent of male workers are in jobs with below-poverty-level wages.

Women ages 16 to 34 represent 1 percent of automobile mechanics.

Only 20% of Information Technology professionals are women.

Men represent 7.2 percent of registered nurses.

55 percent of parents and 66 percent of single parents want a male childcare worker for their nursery-aged child. The reality is that only 2 percent of childcare workers are men.

The median weekly earnings of women who were full-time wage and salary workers was $638, or 80 percent of mens $798. When comparing the median weekly earnings of persons ages 16 to 24, young women earned 91 percent of what young men earned ($420 and $461, respectively).

By 2010 it is projected that 80 percent of women ages 25 to 54 will be employed.

By 2010 women will comprise more than 52 percent of the labor force.

By the year 2010, people with less than a high school education will be able to fill only 9 percent of all jobs.

Sources: US Department of Labor, Census Bureau, Womens Bureau, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics

 

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