Female workers make gains but still earn less than men
The number of women in the workplace is growing, but their pay is significantly lower.
For a while last year — and for the first time in history — women outnumbered men in America's workforce.
Much of the shift could be attributed to the struggling economy. Manufacturing, trade and construction jobs, traditionally dominated by men, were the hardest hit by layoffs. In summer 2009, the left-leaning Center for American Progress noted that men accounted for three of every four jobs lost to the recession.
But economic conditions weren't the only explanation.
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