Women's Figures

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1999-03-01
  • Publisher: Aei Pr
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Are women victims? Or can they hold their own in the workplace? Women's inequality in society is a standard refrain in the popular media and thus in the conventional wisdom. The purveyors of that point of view assume that women are systematically discriminated against on all levels of society, especially in the workplace, and that this discrimination has kept them from reaching equality with men. But the facts show otherwise. To counter the triple myths of the glass ceiling, the wage gap, and the pink ghetto -- the pillars that support arguments in favor of sex-based affirmative action -- the authors provide detailed data in graphs and tables to show that in key areas of education and employment women have substantially achieved equality. Women earn over 50 percent of bachelor's and master's degrees; they are moving into previously male-dominated professions; and when education and experience are accounted for, their positions and compensation are similar to men's. This book, now in its second edition, presents new and updated data to illustrate women's economic progress in America.

Author Biography

Diana Furchtgott-Roth is a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and a member of the National Advisory Board of the Independent Women's Forum. Christine Stolba is an instructor of history at Emory University and a historian in Washington, D.C.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Summary and Highlightsp. xvii
Wage Gapp. xvii
Glass Ceilingp. xviii
Pink Ghettop. xix
Female Entrepreneursp. xx
Introductionp. 3
Women Are Closing the Gapp. 11
Wagesp. 11
The Wage Gapp. 12
The Existence of the "Glass Ceiling"p. 18
Educational Attainment and Educational Choicesp. 22
Labor Force Participationp. 27
Occupational Choice and the Pink Ghettop. 33
Women in Businessp. 37
Elected Officialsp. 39
Voting Patternsp. 43
Women, Poverty, and the Governmentp. 51
Measures of Povertyp. 51
Women and Welfare Reformp. 59
African American Womenp. 65
A Continuing Success Storyp. 65
Evaluating Claims of Discriminationp. 73
Standards of Evidencep. 74
Conclusionp. 79
Appendix: Statistical Tablesp. 83
Bibliographyp. 107
Indexp. 119
About the Authorsp. 123
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