Front row L-R: Diane Prechel, Connie Rush, Joyce South, Kay Kerby
2nd row L-R: Annalisa Tapia, Sonia Ozuna, Helen Neuharth, Rebecca Bowen, Dawn Zimbelman, Georgia Schaeffer, Jania Arnoldi, Renee Louzon-Benn, Barbara Rice
3rd row L-R: Deborah Houston, Irene Rayrao, Elaine Earle, Kelly Herrington, Gretchen Slaughter, Aiessa Guerra, Melinda Wheeler, Elaine Trevino, Colleen Bechtel, Julie Turetzky
Back row L-R: Shelley Pooler, Sarah Campbell, Dawn Svoboda, Patti King, Nancy McFarland, Debbie Neely, Samantha Reinhard, Paula Leslie
VISIT OUR WOMEN IN BUSINESS SECTION FOR MORE!
They come from many different backgrounds and industries, but the women featured in this year’s Women in Business section have one thing in common — they are all making a lasting impact on our community, our state and even our world. From running small mom and pop shops to running our cities and colleges, these women are shining examples of what leadership means. You probably already know many of their names, but we’re proud to show you even more about what makes them special!
Today’s workforce looks nothing like the workforce of the past. Since WWII, women’s participation in the U.S. labor force has climbed from 32.7 percent to 56.8 percent in 2016. Women make up nearly half of today’s workforce, and in many industries, ladies are leading the way!
Approximately 26.8 percent of women in Arizona have a bachelor’s degree or higher, an increase of about 5 percentage points since 2000.
Women also hold 35.6 percent of the seats in the Arizona Legislature.
In fact, women are 8 percent more likely to have earned a bachelor’s degree by age 29 than men, and in 40 percent of households with children under 18, mothers are the primary or sole earners. Couple that with the nearly 10 million businesses American women own and the $1.4 trillion in receipts these businesses account for, and that’s what we call bringing home the bacon!
This edition of Golden Corridor LIVING celebrates our female leaders in business, the fastest-growing segment of the U.S. economy. According to the Chronicle of Philanthropy, females are starting businesses at six times the rate of men and are responsible for purchasing 85 to 95 percent of all household goods and services sold in the country. By the way, that amounts to just over $7 trillion!
In our Women in Business section, we share the stories of the many accomplished businesswomen … doctors, entrepreneurs, educators, managers, directors and more.
Collaboration is the name of the game in business. A gender-diverse workplace can spark creativity and lead to new processes or business opportunities. Everyone has their own diverse story and experience that they bring to their work site. Pinal County’s companies welcome that diversity and sense of collaboration. We can all be successful, together.
Women in Management Occupations
- Human Resources Managers 74.2%
- Medical & Health Services Managers 72.3%
- Public Relations and Fundraising Managers 70.9%
- Social & Community Service Managers 70.5%
- Education Administrators 65.1%
- Training & Development Managers 58.5%
- Advertising & Promotions Managers 56.5%
- Financial Managers 52.5%
- Lodging Managers 52.2%
Women in the workforce
- 46.5% of U.S. workers are women
- 57% of all women participated in the labor force in 2016
- 75% of employed women usually work full time (25% part time)
- 78.2% of women with a doctoral degree participate in the labor force
- 1.2 million female veterans in the labor force in 2016
- Women’s earnings were 82% of male counterparts in 2017
- The concentration of women is higher in office and administrative support jobs than construction, production or transportation occupations.
“In 2016, women accounted for 52 percent of all workers employed in management, professional and related occupations, somewhat more than their share of total employment (47 percent). The share of women in the specific occupations within this large category varied. For example, 20 percent of software developers, 27 percent of chief executives and 38 percent of physicians and surgeons were women, and 90 percent of registered nurses, 79 percent of elementary and middle school teachers and 61 percent of accountants and auditors were women.”