Mother Jones crunches the numbers

The magazine collects a bevy of (troubling) facts about women.


Lori Leibovich
January 25, 2006 3:24AM (UTC)

Check out "Why Women Can't Win for Trying," a collection of damning stats and facts in the current issue of Mother Jones:

  • In 1963, RFK withdrew his nomination to a club that had spurned a black official and formed a club that didn't admit women.
  • Three board members of Catalyst -- a workplace-equity advocacy group -- belong to Augusta National Golf Club, which bans women.
  • One is the CEO of GE, which won a 2004 Catalyst Award, although the company has a below-average rate of female executives.
  • Companies with women in top jobs see 35 percent higher returns than those without.
  • 74 percent of female executives have a spouse who's employed full time. Seventy-five percent of male execs have a spouse who's not employed.
  • For full-time working fathers, each child correlates to a 2.1 percent earnings increase. For working moms, it's a 2.5 percent loss.
  • Magazines that run lists of "best" firms for women to work for often accept pay-to-play advertising or use self-reported data. Working Mother lists firms facing class-action suits for sex harassment and pregnancy discrimination.
  • Working Mother recently found Allstate, American Express and General Mills among the eight best firms for women of color. At each, 30 percent of new hourly hires are women of color, but zero percent of newly hired executives are.
  • Women over 65 are almost twice as likely to be poor as men.
  • Actresses over 40 account for 9 percent of movie roles. Actors over 40 account for 30 percent.

If you're not too depressed, keep reading the list here.


Lori Leibovich

Lori Leibovich is a contributing editor at Salon and the former editor of the Life section.

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