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- 3.8% of Fortune 500 CEOs are women.
- Women comprise 23.7% of U.S. legislators.
- On average in the U.S., Caucasian women earn 77% of what men earn for doing the same jobs, but African American women earn only 69 cents on the dollar and Latinas only 58 cents on the dollar.
- Within just one year out of college, women are earning 8% less than the men with whom they graduated and by mid-career that number increases to over 20%.