Women Gaining in Education But Stalled on Pay, Federal Report Finds

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Women are less likely than in the past to be the target of violent crimes, including homicide. But women are victims of certain crimes, such as intimate partner violence and stalking, at higher rates than men.

The report focused on five areas: people, families and income; education; unemployment; health; and crime and violence. The administration will be observing Women's History Month by highlighting a different section of the report each week.

The administration said that one reason for the persistence of the wage gap between men and women is that women are preparing themselves in lower-wage fields.

"That is a concern, and President Obama has done a number of things trying to increase interest in the so-called STEM areas -- science, technology, engineering and math, with regard to bring more women into those areas," Acting Deputy Secretary at the Department of Commerce Becky Blank said.

The findings show that there is still a significant difference in how married men and women spend their time outside of work. While men on average spend more time at work, they also spend more of their leisure time on sports.

Women, on the other hand, spend more of their non-work hours on household cares.

"So if you add together market work and household work, women actually end up working more than men in terms of the sum of those," Blank said.

In a proclamation issued Monday in honor of Women's History Month, President Obama discussed some of the issues raised in the report.

"Today, women have reached heights their mothers and grandmothers might only have imagined. Women now comprise nearly half of our workforce and the majority of students in our colleges and universities," Obama wrote. "Despite our progress, too many women continue to be paid less than male workers, and women are significantly underrepresented in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields."

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