"Overall it has been well known that men have been more likely to participate than women, but this is largely due the fact that women have been in lower-paying jobs and are more likely to work part time, which accounts for their lower rates of participation," he says. "As women are in the workforce longer, this trend is shifting."
The study shows that among all wage and salary workers ages 21 to 64, a slightly smaller percentage of women (47 percent) participate in their retirement plans than men (49 percent). But among all full-time, full-year workers, the study shows that 58 percent of women participate in their retirement plans, compared with 55 percent of men.
Similarly, the study shows that within each earnings level, the proportion of women participating in their retirement plans is higher than for men.Workforce Management, February 13, 2006, p. 12 -- Subscribe Now!