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Chart of the Day: Occupation segregation and the wage gap over time

Screen Shot 2015-05-08 at 10.56.14 AMMetrocosm has a new visualization out that plots the wage gap and gender segregation in the workforce over time since 1960.

The graph shows a reduction in occupational segregation over time (although some fields, like construction, remain consistently male-dominated, while secretarial jobs remain largely filled by women) and then a narrowing of the wage gap until 2000, after which the wage gap remains fairly constant.

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High-wage jobs — which seem to have the most gender-balanced workforce — have the highest wage gaps, while low-wage jobs are (comparatively) equally low-paying. It’s low-wage jobs, though, that are the most gender-segregated, and in which women (and especially women of color) are consistently overrepresented: although they make up less than half of the workforce, women are two-thirds of low-wage workers and, as the National Women’s Law Center points out, that overrepresentation is only expected to increase over time.

Play the animated graph and check out Metrocosm’s analysis here.


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Dana Bolger is a Senior Editor at Feministing and the co-founder of Know Your IX, the national youth-led organization working to end gender violence in schools. She's testified before Congress on Title IX policy and legislative reform, and her writing has appeared in a number of outlets, including The New York Times, Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal. She's also a student at Yale Law School, and you can find her on Twitter at @danabolger.

Dana Bolger is a Senior Editor at Feministing and a student at Yale Law School.

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