Wednesday, January 30, 2008

On Women & Work

Gender and the Workplace: Career Education for Women

Tonight I had the opportunity to speak on a panel about gender can impact one's career experience organized by Columbia University's Center for Career Education. My fellow panelists were wonderful and the students in attendance asked many smart questions.

While the panel focused more on sharing personal experiences and giving advice based on profession-specific knowledge, I couldn't resist sharing a few important factoids about women's wages that I came across while doing a little background reading for my presentation:

Did you know that college educated women earn 80% of what their male colleagues make in their first year out of college? Did you know after ten years, however, these women only earn 69% of what their male colleagues do? The American Association of Unversity Women has an excellent report on these and other aspects of the Pay Gap. And Catalyst provides other helpful information the status of working women.

I invite my fellow panelists and the students in attendance to share their views on this event and working as a woman in the comments section. I'm looking forward to more great discussion!

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