But how are men and women, particularly Millennial men and women, actually stacking up on the job? Pew Research Center released a new survey and analysis of Census data that looks at how far women have come… and still need to go.
1. More women than men enter the workforce with at least four years of college under their belts.
2. As young women progressively earn more that their counterparts did in the 1980s and onwards, 25-34 year old men are earning less and less. But ladies shouldn’t celebrate too hard just yet. They’re still only earning 93% of men do.
3. But at least salaries are getting progressively closer.
4. Women are well aware of the pay disparity. Millennial women are much more likely than men to say that men earn more than women for doing the same work and that it’s easier for men to get more prestigious jobs in business and government.
5. Women are much more likely than men to say that change is needed to achieve gender parity in the workplace, particularly when it comes to Millennials.
6. Women are less likely to have aspirations of being the boss of a company than men, Pew says. But the aspirational divide gets significantly bigger (going from a 9% difference to a 17% difference) depending on how old the women are. Pew notes, “This is especially true once they reach their 30s and 40s, when many men and women face the tradeoffs that go with being a working parent.”
7. Far more men than women said that being a working parent has made career advancement difficult.