In 1918, just above 20% of women in the US worked. Today, that number has risen to about 57%, but it has dropped since 2000. While Rosie the Riveter was the only classic symbol for working women under a century ago, today, women work in a vast range of occupations. The 5th issue of GirlTalk magazine examines women’s experiences in several different fields, from those we see on the news everyday and also those that don’t often cross our mind.
The amount of working women and the diversity in job choices for these women have increased significantly. What do these number look like in real life, though? What does an average day look like for a working woman as opposed to a man? How do the obstacles faced by a female doctor differ (and relate) to those faced by women in entertainment? What does the word “compliment” really mean? These are some of the questions that our passionate, talented writers sought to answer. This issue includes interviews with women in the Israeli military, academia, and more, along with articles discussing sexual harassment prevalent in the olympics, entertainment, retail, and more.
But before you enjoy this issue’s thought-provoking articles about women in the workforce, also pay attention to the global questionnaire we decided to re-run from the first issue, Women in Entertainment, where girls from across the globe talked told us what they aspire to be when they grow up. They inspire us to keep pushing for gender parity in the workforce, and remind us that, to quote Oprah, “a new day is on the horizon.”