Document Type

White Paper


University of Maine Bureau of Labor Education

Publication Date

Spring 2003

Publisher location

Orono, Maine

Abstract/ Summary

There are currently many upbeat analyses of the best and highest paying “hot new jobs” available to women workers in the first decade of the 21st century. Presumably, these career choices will offer such desirable things as good wages, decent benefits, creative and interesting work, and opportunities for advancement. However, while many individual women may benefit from such career advice, the sad fact is that the largest occupations available to women workers in Maine will continue to be pathways primarily to low wages, disappearing benefits, and dismal economic security. This briefing paper focuses on four basic questions concerning Maine’s women workers: 1) Why are many women workers in Maine facing economic insecurity despite being employed? 2) Are the largest occupations for Maine women workers in the next decade likely to offer greater economic security, or will women workers continue to be at risk? 3) Is the apparent decrease in the male/female wage gap in 2001 a result of better conditions for women, or worse conditions for male workers? 4) What can be done in Maine to address the economic challenges faced by women workers?


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