Happy International Women’s Day!

Today at ECA, we celebrate International Women’s Day! Internationally, the theme for the day this year is “Planet 50-50 by 2030.”

A student recently asked me if the gender wage gap in the US is a “myth.” The answer is, unfortunately, no. Here are some facts to consider as we celebrate the day.

The US ranks 28th out of 145 countries in a ranking of gender equality. —World Economic Forum

In the annual Global Gender Gap Index, The US fell eight places between 2014 and 2015. The report notes that during the year there was a slight drop in wage equality and governmental positions held by women. —World Economic Forum

Women are now more likely than men to enroll in college and complete bachelor’s degrees! In 2013, 37% of women between the ages of 25 and 29 had completed a bachelor’s, compared to 30% of men. —Pew Research Center

There are more women than men pursuing graduate-level education in the US. Between 2009 and 2010, women earned 62.6% of master’s degrees and 53.3% of PhD’s. —National Center for Education Statistics

In 2015, full-time female workers earned only 80.4% of the salaries of full-time male workers. —US Department of Labor.

Racial inequality supersedes gender inequality in salary disparity. In 2014, African-American women earned 63% of the salaries of white men, while Hispanic women were paid 54%. —The American Association of University Women

Only 24% of CEOs in the US are women, and female CEOs earn 74.5% of the salary of male CEOs. —Bureau of Labor Statistics

One in five women on US college campuses have experienced sexual assault. —The American Association of University Women

Studies show that men are more likely to interrupt women in conversation. —Journal of Language and Social Psychology