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Keeping track: women at work

A snapshot at the top of Women's History Month

Throughout this century, women have played an increasingly important role in the workforce.

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Over the past 50 years, the proportion of married women in the workforce has almost tripled. Families with a working wife have seen their incomes nearly triple, too. (See charts.)

And although recent studies show that female workers are still underpaid in comparison to their male counterparts, women at work are seeing progress.

In 1998, more than half of the individuals earning bachelor's degrees were women. And between 1963 and 1997, working women with bachelor's degrees saw their salaries increase by an average of $10,338, based on an inflation-adjusted report from the US Census Bureau.

To find out how some workplaces have celebrated Women's History Month in the past, log on to the Internet and go to: www.nwhp.org/progidea.html#work

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