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California Gender Gap: Females Left behind

By Edited Feb 10, 2014 0 0

There is one point in the history of the State of California and of the United States when, women made their way to the top among the ranks that only men dominated ever since the Declaration of Independence.

It was in 1992, when Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein were elected to the United States Senate. They were the first women senators and the first female pair to represent a state in the Senate.

This important event showed that women, too, have the ability to do the things that men do. This also proved that the barrier between men and women has been broken, and that the gender gap has been bridged.

That is, at least, up to that point. The question now lies on how the estimated 18.9 million women and girls are doing their best in the issue of gender gap.  As Mount St. Mary’s College in Los Angeles would say in its recently released report, females have been lagging behind men.

The report

In California, the population is over 38 million people, with 18.9 million females and 18.7 million males. Females may have dominated the males by a small percentage in the population category, but the following information would prove why females have been playing catch up.

Women aged 25 to 34 hold 35 percent of bachelor degrees over men with 27 percent, which means that women enroll in college and earn degrees at a higher rate than men. But then, elderly men aged 65 and older overtook their women counterparts, with women only holding 21 percent of bachelor degrees as compared to 33 percent for men.

According to a report on the Status of Women and Girls in California made by the educational institution, women in the California workforce are held on a disadvantage in terms of earning power, particularly in the occupations with the highest projected growth in the State. These include the fields of biomedical engineering, information technology, biochemistry and biophysics, and medicine.

Probably the most concern is on the allocation of earnings and salaries. The report also said that the earnings of a California woman lag behind that of her counterpart in every occupational category. In fact, for every $1 a man makes, a woman only earns 84 cents. In the fields of management, business, and finance, the gap is at its widest.

Gender issues

This report only goes to show that in the realm of education and employment, women from California still fall behind men. Such report only adds to the supposed bridging of the gap in various aspects therein. Gender discrimination in the workplace, for one, has been a recurring issue not only in the State, but also in the whole country.

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