Census data shows wages for Iowa women who work full-time still lag behind men in Iowa.
Officials in the State Library used the latest 2011 U.S. Census Data to come up with a “Women in Iowa” report. It shows just over 75 percent of Iowa women between the ages of 16 and 64 were working.
The “median annual income” for men in that age category was just over $45,000, compared to about $35,000 a year for Iowa women.
The Census data indicates Iowa women work in a wide variety of occupations, but 37 percent — more than a third — work in education, health or social services. About 12 percent work in finance, insurance or real estate. Eleven percent of women in Iowa’s workforce are employed in manufacturing.
The report on the economic status of women in Iowa was released to coincide with National Women’s History Week, which is this week.