Publication Date: May 2018
Women in North Carolina and across the United States have made progress over the past several decades in the area of employment and earnings. A growing share of women are in the labor force, the gender wage gap has decreased, and more women are in professional and managerial occupations. Despite this progress, women in North Carolina face disparities in their economic security across racial and ethnic groups and geographic locations, pointing to areas where further improvement is necessary. Since the publication of the Institute for Women's Policy Research's 2004 report on The Status of Women in the States, North Carolina's grade for employment and earnings has improved from a D to a C. The Status of Women in North Carolina: Employment and Earnings is the first report in a series of four publications that present data and policy recommendations to improve the status of women in North Carolina in several key areas.
- Women in North Carolina earn a median income of $36,400, and an average of $8,600 less than men.
- The gender earnings ratio narrowed from 73.7% in 2002 to 80.9% in 2016.
- The share of women in the labor force decreased from 2002 to 2016.
- More than 2 in 5 (41.6%) employed women in North Carolina work in managerial or professional occupations.
- The Status of Women in NC Employment and Earnings Fact Sheet
- El Estatus de las Mujeres en CN: Empleo y Ganancias
- The Status of Women in NC Employment and Earnings for Women of Color Fact Sheet
- The Status of Women in NC Employment and Earnings Fact Sheet for Hispanic Women Fact Sheet
- Be Your Own Advocate for Jobs in High-Growth Fields (4/12/19)
- Be Your Own Advocate for Work-Life Balance (2/1/19)
The Status of Women: Employment & Earnings in the Media:
- The Burlington Times News - Status of Women Report Focuses on Wage Gap Earnings and Employment
- Alamance Community College News - State Official's Visit to ACC Focuses on Women's Employment Issues
- The Fayetteville Observer - Report Highlights Progress, Challenges for Pay Equity
- WUNC - Report: NC Women See Economic Progress - And Setbacks
- Spectrum News Charlotte - Workforce Reacts to Status of Women Report that Details Employment, Earnings
- The Charlotte Post - Study: Closing Wage Gap Boosts North Carolina Economy
- Spectrum News - In Depth with Secretary Machelle Sanders
- Carolina Public Press - Gender wage gap remains stagnant in NC, varies widely by county
- WFMY NEW- Breaking Barriers, Taking Names | Celebrating Women’s History Month With NC Trailblazers
- Washington Post- U.S. ranked 78 out of 193 countries on gender equality in legislatures
- The Triangle Tribune - Women-owned businesses increasing in NC despite adversity
- WRAL: To shrink wage gap, Cooper bars NC agencies from looking at salary histories when hiring
- Washington Post: America doesn't just have a gender pay gap, it has a gender wealth gap
- NC Policy Watch: Gov. Cooper issues executive order to attack gender pay gap
- WNCT: N.C. Gov. signs order to ban use of salary history in hiring for state jobs
- WUNC: The Gender Wage Gap Is Robbing Women of Billions
- CBS 17: Gov. Cooper signs order to ban use of salary history in hiring for state jobs
- Univision 40 Raleigh: Gobernador firma orden ejecutiva para igualar salarios entre mujeres y hombres