Women, Ethics and the Workplace

By Candice Fredrick; Camille Atkinson | Go to book overview

APPENDIX B
WOMEN, FAMILY, FUTURE TRENDS: A SELECTIVE OVERVIEW
Women comprise 46 percent of the work force, and will account for 48 percent of the labor force by 2005. Their wages have become an essential component of family income.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, of the 57 million women in the work force, 72 percent work full time, while 28 percent are part-time workers. Many part-time workers are multiple job holders. In 1993, 3.3 million women held multiple jobs.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that only 20 percent of contingent workers have employer-provided health insurance, compared with 54 percent of those in permanent jobs.
Most women work because they are the sole support of families. The declining value of men's wages over the last two decades has made it nearly impossible to support a family on one income alone.
Forty percent of working women are mothers of children under the age of eighteen, and approximately nine million (16%) have children under the age of six.
U.S. Census Bureau data from 1994 indicates that families maintained by women had a median income of $19,872, while families maintained by men had a median income of $30,472, $10,600 higher. Married couples' median income was $45,041.
Collectively, women lose up to $130 billion in wages due to pay inequity. This lost income has a tremendously negative effect on families and on the economic health of local communities.
Since 1970, the percentage of married working women with children under age six has more than doubled; yet family income has increased by only 10

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Preface xi
  • 1 - Ethical Theory 1
  • Conclusion 17
  • Notes 18
  • 2 - Feminist Theory 19
  • Conclusion 44
  • Notes 45
  • 3 - Sexual Harassment 47
  • Notes 65
  • 4 - Comparable Worth and Value 67
  • Notes 87
  • 5 - Advertising 89
  • Notes 108
  • 6 - Leadership 111
  • Conclusion 131
  • Notes 132
  • 7 - Working-Class Women 135
  • Notes 157
  • Conclusion 159
  • Notes 162
  • Appendix A Anita Hill Testimony 163
  • Appendix B Women, Family, Future Trends: A Selective Overview 169
  • Index 175
  • About the Authors 181
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