AZ Snapshot: Women in the Workforce

Posted on October 12, 2016 • Category: Jobs and Employment


Percentage of U.S. women employed outside the home in 2015 compared to 60% in 1999.

Women in America: Work and Life Well-Lived

Gallup, October 2016


A new Gallup report looks at the reasons behind the declining percentage of women in today’s U.S. workforce, what matters most to women employees, wage comparisons and the importance of women in building a more engaged employee workforce.

Key Arizona findings that help inform Gallup’s 2016 Women in America report:


Median Earnings (inflation-adjusted):  Women Earn Less than Men



The gender pay gap is complicated by women’s career choices, parenting roles, family needs and discrimination. The U.S. Census Bureau reports that women who hold full-time jobs earn 79 cents for every dollar that men with full-time jobs earn. African-American and Latina women earn 64 cents and 56 cents respectively for every dollar that white non-Hispanic men earn.


Employee Engagement – Women are More Engaged at Work



Women demonstrate higher levels of employee engagement, outscoring male employees on 11 of 12 indicators. Gallup research finds strong links between employee engagement and such business performance measures as productivity, absenteeism and turnover rates.


Key national findings that can help inform Arizona employers:

What Attracts and Retains Women Employees?



The Gallup research asked women how important each of the following statements is to them when considering whether or not to take a job with a different organization.
(% represents "very important")


Millennial Women Value Cause over Brand



54% U.S. women who do not work and have a child younger than 18 who say their desire to stay home with their children is a major reason for not working.
Kids are a Company’s Greatest Competition  

Gallup, October 2016


20% The 55-and-older age group is projected to increase to 20% of the workforce by 2020, up from 13% in 2000. Slower population growth, aging and increasing diversity are changing the profile of the U.S. labor force, resulting in gradual, but significant, change.
A Century of Change: The U.S. Labor Force 1950-2050  

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2002

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Lattie F. Coor

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When CFA set out to build a citizens' agenda for Arizona, we didn't know it would end up placing Arizona at the center of a national struggle to address the challenges confronting democracy today–the growing lack of confidence that citizens have in government and their growing lack of participation in the civic life of our communities and nation.

In many ways, Arizona is a microcosm of these challenges. This fact was made clear in the results of the Gallup Arizona Poll (2009), which identified the deep concerns that Arizonans have about the need for both effective leaders and engaged citizens. CFA is now in the process of building Arizona Progress Meters for each of the 8 citizen goals defined by the people who live here. The culmination of these goals is The Arizona We Want.

The Arizona We Want is a long-term vision and it can be achieved if we work together.

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