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Opportunities For Women

August 9, 2002

Women's progress in the workplace will accelerate in coming yeas, says John Challenger of Challenger Gray & Christmas outplacement firm. One advantage that women have is that they are more likely to relocate. According to U.S. Census data:

  • Among the nation's 15.2 million female heads of household with a spouse, 12.5 percent moved between 1999 and 2000.
  • Only 10.5 percent of the 40 million male heads of household relocated for work.
  • This gives women an advantage, because being more open to moving gives people greater job opportunities across the country.

Moreover, when companies start rehiring, the pool of job applicants they hire from will include more women than before. According to the U.S. Department of Education:

  • Among recent graduates with bachelor's degrees, women outnumbered men 698,000 to 529,000.
  • Those numbers are expect to grow by 16 percent for women, but only 6 percent for men by the 2009-2010 graduating year.
  • There is improvement in advanced degrees also -- in 2000, 44,714 women earned MBA degrees, up 71 percent from 10 years earlier and up from 609 in 1968.

Source: Kelly Pate, "Corporate woes spell opportunity for women," Denver Post, August 2, 2002.

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