When it comes to making their way to the corner office, American women have made little progress over the last decade, according to a report released Tuesday by the Government Accountability Office.
As of 2007, the latest year for which comprehensive data on managers is available, women accounted for about 40 percent of managers in the United States, up slightly from 39 percent in 2000, according to the report. Outside of management, women held 49 percent of the jobs in both years, the GAO report said.
The report also shows that women managers are still paid less than their male counterparts, but they have made some progress in narrowing the gap.
A woman manager in the United States is paid 81 cents for every dollar earned by a male manager. That 19-cent wage gap represents a slight decrease from seven years earlier when women managers made 79 cents for each dollar earned by a man.
Having children is a significant factor in gender pay differences, the report found, with women managers with children earning 79 cents for every man’s dollar in 2007 and women managers who do not have children earning 83 cents for every male dollar earned.
The full findings are detailed here.