U.S. Department of Labor’s Resources for Women

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Today, women make up nearly half of our workforce, and many women are the primary breadwinners for their families. In fact, more than 75 percent of single mothers are the sole provider for their family.

The increased number of women in the labor force has both reflected and contributed to a major social transformation over the past several decades.

Women’s notable progress over the years is reflected in their increased educational attainment, higher earnings, greater occupational diversity, and a larger presence in leadership positions and entrepreneurial fields.

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