In 1970, only 1 in three American workers was female. Now a full half of the workforce is made up of women. But what sectors of the workforce have they gone into? How has the gender breakdown changed in various industries over the past four decades?
NPR’s Planet Money blog decided to find out, and they’ve created an easy-to-read chart to help us break down the data. The size of each circle shows if the number of people in the industry has grown or gotten smaller – and of course, the two colors represent the men and women in that industry:
Some of these findings aren’t really that surprising. Women still make up the majority of workers in health and education. But they’ve also made strides in other sectors, including government, hospitality, and financial activities.
Men, on the other hand, are continuing to do most of the work in manufacturing – although the number of total manufacturing jobs has plummeted, where jobs in education and health have doubled.
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