Women in America

According to the 2010 Census, there are 157 million women compared to 152 million men. That is about 96 men per 100 women! Looking at it from this angle, it is strange to consider women as a minority group. However, until women stand shoulder to shoulder with men in pay scale, career opportunity and political representation, they must be seen as such. Women still earn roughly 25% less than men, they currently hold less than one fourth of seats in Congress and they still account for less than 5% of Fortune 500 CEOs.

Struggles despite Progress

As a modern and enlightened country, the U.S. ranks 17th out of 135 countries behind Lesotho, the Philippines, South Africa and 14 other countries in terms of gender gap and equality. This is actually quite a large improvement because in 2009, the U.S. languished in 31st place in the Gender Gap Report.

While it is true that in the U.S. there is no shortage of strong women role models, such as Hilary Clinton or Indra Krishnamurthy Nooyi, the Indian-born CEO of PepsiCo, to motivate and inspire the young women of America, still it sometimes takes the helping hand of an organization like Diversity Door to get them started on the right path.

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