Women at Work

Zonta Advocates for Gender Equality in the Workplace

Sustainable Development Goal No. 5 is to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls. While progress has been made, no country in the world has achieved gender equality.

    • According to recent data from some 90 countries, women devote on average roughly three times more hours a day to unpaid care and domestic work than men, limiting the time available for paid work, education and leisure and further reinforcing gender-based socioeconomic disadvantages.
    • Women are paid approximately 81 cents for every dollar a man makes.
    • Women continue to be underrepresented at all levels of political leadership. As of 1 January 2019, women’s representation in national Parliaments ranged from 0 to 61.3%, with the average standing at 24.2%.
    • While women represented 39% of world employment, only 27% of managerial positions in the world were occupied by women in 2018.

Equal Pay

Equal Opportunity for Advancement – Managerial Leadership

Women on Boards 

2021 Equal Pay Days

  • Asian American and Pacific Islander Women’s Equal Day is March 9. Asian American and Pacific Islander women are paid 85 cents for every dollar paid to white men.
  • All Women’s Equal Pay Day is March 24. Women working full time and year round are paid 82 cents for every dollar paid to a man who works full time and year round.
  • Mother’s Equal Pay Day is June 4. Mothers are paid 70 cents for every dollar paid to fathers.
  • Black Women’s Equal Pay Day is August 3. Black women are paid 63 cents for every dollar paid to white men.
  • Native American Women’s Equal Pay Day is September 8. Native women are paid 60 cents for every dollar paid to white men.
  • Latina’s Equal Pay Day is October 21. Latinas are paid 55 cents for every dollar paid to white men.

Additional Women at Work Resources: Research and Advocacy

Women and Covid;

The Burden of Covid-19 Pandemic on Women in the Workforce(PDF) – Rep Katie Porter US Congress

Women at Work in the US:

US Dept of Labor Statistics– Women’s Bureau reports.

Annual data, State Data, Trends over Time, Participation by occupation, Wages, Mothers and families and more.  

Women at Work Statistics; Catalyst

Status of Women Data: Website with maps

Institute for Women’s Policy

Women in the C-Suites and on Boards

HBR: Research: Adding Women to the C-Suite Changes How Companies Think

Women In STEM

Society of Women Engineers: Public Policy

SWE Research on Women in Engineering

Association for Women in Science

Report by National Academies: Sexual Harassment in Academic Science, Engineering, and Medicine

Women In Law Enforcement

National Institute of Justices Report

Women in Politics

Center for American Women in Politics