Fewer Women in Management … for Now

Women still have a hard time climbing the corporate ladder, according to a government report released Tuesday.  

The Women in Management report compared population data from 2000 and 2007 and found that the percentage of women in management positions had increased by only 1% for that period. In 2007, the last year for which comprehensive data on managers is available, 40% were women. In 2000, women held 39% of management positions.

The view from the lower rungs of the corporate ladder, however, is a little brighter. Women held 49% of all non-management jobs in both 2000 and 2007.

“Although women’s representation across the general workforce is growing, there remains a need for information about the challenges women face in advancing their careers,” wrote Andrew Sherrill from the Government Accountability Office.

The findings were based on an analysis of data from the American Community Survey of the Census Bureau. The Office looked at management demographics in 13 different industries, only three of which - construction, public administration and transportation and utilities - had a proportionate representation of male and female managers.

The study, commissioned by the Joint Economic Committee of Congress, did indicate that the wage gap between male and female managers was narrowing, albeit slightly. On average, full-time female managers earned 81 cents for every dollar earned by full-time male managers in 2007. In 2000, that number was 79 cents.

Less promising, however, is the discovery that the pay gap is even wider for women who have children. In 2007, managers who were mothers earned 79 cents for every dollar paid to fathers in such positions, just as they did in 2000.

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