In honor of the 47th celebration of Women’s Equality Day, a day dedicated to realizing equality for women in the United States, University of Phoenix surveyed 2,023 U.S. adults, of whom 1,054 identified as employed, to learn more about perceptions of equal opportunities in the workplace. According to the online survey, 30 percent of employed women do not agree that men and women have equal pay opportunities in the workplace, and 25 percent of employed women do not agree that men and women have equal opportunities to show their worth at work.

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24 percent of women, to the best of their knowledge, do not feel they are paid as much as coworkers who do similar work.

Top reasons employed women cite for lack of equal pay opportunties:

Perceptions of Access to Opportunities by Age Bracket:

When asked about their perceptions of equal pay and opportunities to show their worth in the workplace, employed women of various age groups noted that they do not agree the following:

Men and women have equal pay opportunities in the workplace:

18-34

28%

35-44

36%

45-54

30%

55-64

28%

65+

39%

  

Men and women have equal opportunities to show their worth in the workplace:

18-34

27%

35-44

25%

45-54

26%

55-64

18%

65+

36%

 

Executive Dean Doris Savron: “One way women can continue to advance is to take advantage of every opportunity to contribute at work. We all have a voice. Raise your hand, offer your suggestions, and get out of your comfort zone. In doing so, you continue to show why you are a valuable team member, thus leading to more potential opportunities to participate in projects or work that can help you grow.”

What employed women say their workplace could do to improve equal pay opportunities:

Executive Dean Doris Savron: “While there are a number of contributing factors to the perceived gap in equal workplace opportunities, one way to potentially move ahead in the workplace within our control is ongoing professional development. This could mean employer-offered trainings, conferences, networking events and continuing education. University of Phoenix, for example, offers a number of programs that can help people learn more about key business skills that can be used to advance in the workplace, including business, technology and healthcare programs.”

Methodology:
This survey was conducted online within the United States by The Harris Poll on behalf of University of Phoenix on July 26-30, 2018 among 2,023 US adults aged 18 and older, among whom 1,054 identified as full-time, part-time or self-employed. Figures for gender, age, race/ethnicity, household income, investable assets, education, household size, employment status, marital status, and region were weighted where necessary to bring them into line with their actual proportions in the population. For complete survey methodology, please contact Amanda Barchilon.