The National Partnership for Women and Families recently released a “State of the Working Woman” info sheet highlighting important facts about economic life for America’s working women. Keep an eye out — EOI will be releasing the 2010 edition of “Washington’s Working Women” this March.
- Percent of U.S. workers who are women: 49.9 
- Proportion of mothers who are primary breadwinners or co-breadwinners for their families: Two-thirds 
- Unemployment rate among unmarried women who head families: 13 percent 
- Percent of minimum wage workers who are women: 68.5 
- Cents that women are paid for every dollar earned by a man: 77 
- Cents that African American women are paid for every dollar earned by a man: 68 
- Cents that Hispanic women are paid for every dollar earned by a man: 58 
- Percent of U.S. women workers who are union members: 11.3 
- Hourly wage gain for women represented by a union, compared to non-union women: 11.2 percent (about $2.00 an hour) 
 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Current Employment Statistics, January 8, 2010.
 http://www.iwpr.org/pdf/Pressreleaseunempjan2010.pdf (as of December 2009)