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Texas Woman's honors women in the workforce on Labor Day

Labor Day became an official US holiday in 1894, celebrating the achievements of America’s workers. Women in the workforce have indeed come a long way since then, yet despite holding 52% of the nation’s professional jobs, women are still far behind when it comes to leadership roles. Consider:


  • Of the Fortune 500 companies, only 4.4% have women in CEO roles
  • Women hold less than 20% of the board seats in Fortune 500 companies
  • There are only 6 women governors
  • Women’s names are on only 18% of the 600,000 patents filed annually
  • While 75% of teachers are women, only 30% of educational leadership roles are held by women
  • On average, for every dollar a man earns, a woman earns just $.81

Texas Woman’s University is dedicated to shattering the disparities against women in the workforce and empowering our students. Texas Woman’s also has a long legacy of graduating strong women leaders. This Labor Day, we celebrate these hardworking women. Their resilient pioneer spirit has broken the ground for today’s women to pursue their own path to leadership.

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