The findings come during National Women’s History Month, which has origins in the mid-1800s when women from various New York City textile factories staged a protest over inhumane working conditions and low wages. Congress established National Women’s History Month in 1987.
The Census found that since 2000, there has been a dramatic increase in women in politics, education, and in overall full-time employment.
[Source: U.S. Census Bureau]
The medical field, in particular, has seen the greatest increase in women with a 30 percent increase in female veterinarians, pharmacists and dentists.
The legal field has also seen an uptick in female employment with a 10 percent increase.
And there are also more women managers with a 10 percent increase in female chief executives since 2000.
However, two professions have seen a decrease in women’s participation.
There was a 15 percent drop in female counter and rental clerks and a 5 percent decrease in licensed practical and licensed vocations nurses as well as elementary and middle school teachers.
These positions were once the only roles women were allowed to choose as a career path.
Despite their increased numbers in the workforce, women are still not being paid the same amount as their male colleagues, according to the Census’ statistics which also released a chart on women’s earnings by occupations.