Narrow the Wage Gap through Access to Good Jobs

Half of the gender wage gap is due to women working in different occupations and sectors than men. Improving women’s access to good middle-skill jobs can help close the wage gap and improve women’s economic security. The Pathways to Equity Initiative shows job changes that can improve women’s economic standing and meet employers’ demands for skilled workers.

On-Ramps to Middle-Skill Target Jobs

Women are the minority of workers in growing middle-skill jobs that pay at least $35,000 per year (which typically don’t require a bachelor’s degree). Employers are looking for more workers to fill vacancies in these good jobs. Many women work in similar, but lower-paid jobs that can be on-ramps to these target jobs in key growth sectors.

Key Growth Sectors

Key Growth Sector

Information Technology

There will be 240,000 good jobs available in this sector over the next decade. Currently, only 29% of workers in the jobs are women.

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Key Growth Sector

Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics

There will be 1.3 million good jobs available in this sector over the next decade. Currently, only 9% of workers in the jobs are women.

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Key Growth Sector

Advanced Manufacturing

There will be 533,000 good jobs available in this sector over the next decade. Currently, only 7% of workers in the jobs are women.

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