Though the gender pay gap persists throughout most industries, there are a few where women are catching up to their male counterparts. Here we’ll take a look at five fields where the gender pay gap is closing, and discuss what these advancements mean for the future of workplace equality. 

1. Technology 

The gender pay gap has systematically deprived women of fair and equitable wages for centuries. However, in the tech field, recent research shows promising signs that the gap is closing. For example, a recent study found that the median salary for a female software engineer was equal to that of their male counterparts, a major breakthrough in terms of wage equality. Additionally, female web developers now earn over a thousand dollars more than men annually on average in the United States and Europe—another significant gain in wage parity within this sector. Finally, job postings based on job type revealed that software engineering jobs primarily held by males advertised salaries 5% higher then postings predominantly held by females. While these data points indicate that the gender pay gap is shrinking in certain areas of technology work, there remains much work to be done to ensure better access to opportunities and equitable reward among genders in other sectors of the tech industry.

The technology field has seen a steady increase of female professionals and entrepreneurs in recent years, as attitudes across the industry are shifting towards embracing gender diversity. Many tech companies are now making concerted efforts to recruit and hire more women, while also offering career development opportunities specifically tailored towards helping them gain needed experience. 

Additionally, organizations such as Girls Who Code have taken major strides to empower girls and young women by teaching them the fundamentals of computer science. Thanks in part to these changes, more women are attaining leadership positions within the technology sector, allowing for greater levels of representation in what was once considered a male-dominated field.

2. Business and Financial Services 

In the business and financial services fields, the gender pay gap has been gradually closing in recent years. This is due to several intertwined factors. Regulatory changes at the national level are now ensuring that companies abide by certain standards of giving fair compensation to everyone, regardless of gender. Meanwhile, organizations are prioritizing an increase in diversity initiatives which also includes pay parity. Furthermore, some firms have made intentional efforts to hire more women into key leadership positions, with positive implications for equitable pay structures. As a result, we are seeing positive signs that the gender pay gap is on track to continue shrinking in this sector. 

3. Education 

Education has become a powerful tool in closing the gender gap, and this is driven by an increasing emphasis on recruiting more women into leadership positions within education to improve diversity in the sector. Although there is still some way to go before complete parity is achieved, there is no doubting the impact employment in education can have when it comes to bridging gender divides. With investment in education also leading to wider societal benefits, this promising trend holds much promise for a more balanced future both inside and outside of educational institutions.

This closing wage gap is due to greater awareness of issues of gender inequality, increased educational initiatives to recruit and retain female teachers and educators, and improved wage transparency laws that help combat intentional or unintentional pay discrimination. Progress is being made, however slow, as more women are entering professional roles as educators. Better wages for educators in general are also leading to an increase in female-represented positions at higher salary brackets, and fairer policies are  being introduced with increasing frequency throughout organizations. Even so, we’ve still got a way to go until genuine equality exists between genders in these positions.

4. Healthcare 

The healthcare field is making great strides towards closing the gender gap. Institutions are now offering more equitable salary and advancement opportunities to female employees. Women in healthcare are no longer typically limited to roles as healthcare workers and nurses, with numerous females now occupying positions on boards, in research departments, and key leadership posts. 

This represents a major shift in our general views on the roles women play. In the last few decades we have seen increasing participation of women in healthcare-related fields at all levels. The increasing presence of strong female role models is also helping to better encourage girls who plan to pursue careers in the medical field. Greater recognition for their achievements further validates gender equality, creating a more inclusive environment for everyone involved. It’s clear that significant progress has been made, but there is still much work to be done before true equality is achieved within the healthcare sector.

5. Government 

In recent decades, governments around the world have made great strides in closing the gender gap when it comes to job opportunities. Female participation in leadership roles like politics, government agencies and top-level civil service jobs has increased significantly as dedicated efforts are being made to ensure equality of access to such positions. Even though there still remains significant room for improvement, leading countries have taken ownership of this issue and a wide range of initiatives have been put into place to provide women with greater representation and visibility in these fields. As a direct result of these policies and procedures, employment opportunities for women within the government sector are becoming more available each day, helping to close the gender gap little by little.


Though the gender pay gap persists throughout most industries, there are a few where women are catching up to their male counterparts—and even starting to out-earn them. These five fields—technology, business and financial services, education, healthcare, and government—are paving the way for greater workplace equality for all employees regardless of gender identity or expression. As more and more companies adopt policies that close the gender pay gap, we can expect to see even more progress made in the years to come.