Economic Woman

Econometrics, gender, equity and more.

Job Voyager: Watch women’s voyage into the labour market

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This Flash visualization shows the proportion of the US working population in different occupation categories from 1850-2000. A screen capture cannot do this project justice, so you should click over to the Job Voyager itself. There you can hover over the Flash visualization to locate smaller occupations, and see the gender split for different time periods. You can switch from data for women to data for men and the full population. And you can also search for particular occupations, and look at that data alone.

The “manager/owner” slice has grown noticeably since 1970, reflecting, I assume, the rise of female entrepreneurship.


Just the magnitude of gender segregations is striking when you see it graphically. For classic cases, look at secretaries and carpenters:

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We can see women making real progress in some professional careers – but when you look at the labour market as a whole, these high pay and high respect jobs are so tiny you can’t locate them without carefully hovering over the graph. Most women, most men for that matter, do not have access to these high reward occupations.


But this graph isn’t the coolest part – Flare is a library for building Flash data visualizations. That means that you can build your own.

(H/t to Chris Blattman, lately my favourite blogger.)


Written by Allison

17 September 2009 at 4:13 pm

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  1. The real turning point took place in the ’50s when a lot of “man jobs” were terminated and the women had to work to complete the family income.

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