What Are American Women Doing For Work? (Infographic)

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:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
Credit: Lam Thuy Vo / NPR

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.

You can see more graphical breakdowns of the American economy at Planet Money, including an interesting look at what Americans in general do for work.

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Sarah M.
Sarah M.3 years ago

depressing, things haven't improved much.

Debbie L.
Debbie Lim3 years ago


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Gloria H.
Gloria H.3 years ago

looks bleak, or is the glass half empty with a dead fly floating on the water?

John Mansky
John Mansky3 years ago

How true. Thank you!!!

Mandi A.
Amanda Adams3 years ago

Interesting... Care2 should make it impossible to leave the same comment more than once...it's annoying and dishonest to their cause, thanks.

Wim Zunnebeld
Wim Zunnebeld3 years ago

noted and thx for sharing!

Wim Zunnebeld
Wim Zunnebeld3 years ago

noted and thx for sharing!

yana dimitrova
yana dimitrova3 years ago

Thank you.

yana dimitrova
yana dimitrova3 years ago

Thank you.