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Social Explorer's Andrew Beveridge on the Gender Wage Gap

FRIDAY, SEP 03, 2010

In The Wall Street Journal's "Young Women's Pay Exceeds Male Peers'," Conor Dougherty reports the latest findings on 20-something women. In 2008, single, childless women between ages 22 and 30 were earning more than their male counterparts in most U.S. cities, with incomes that were 8% greater on average, according to an analysis of Census Bureau data released Wednesday by Reach Advisors, a consumer-research firm in Slingerlands, N.Y.

In the article, Social Explorer's Andrew Beveridge "I expect the trend to continue." And he would know--it's a trend he's been researching for years. In 2007, the New York Times covered the topic in "For Young Earners in Big City, a Gap in Women's Favor," where an examination of young women (across all marital statuses and with or without children) in big cities revealed that women were now earning more than men in the work world. Analyzing 2005 Census estimate data, Beveridge wrote about the unique social and economic position of New York City women for, finding that: They are much more likely to be single, earn more money, and have more education than women living in the rest of the United States. And while the same percent of New York women are working as women elsewhere in the country, the jobs they are doing are much different. A subsequent article about 20 somethings in New York City from the 1970s to the 2000s highlighted the achievement and wage gap between men and women.  Beveridge examined the trends of women beating men in educational attainment, and making gains in salary levels too. Men have seen their real wages fall substantially and women outside of New York have seen only very modest gain...Over this period, women in New York City saw an amazing jump in their wages compared with those of men in their age group. While women in the city earned, on average about $7,000 less than men in 1970, by 2005 they made about $5,000 more. Interestingly, women in the country as a whole have closed the gap between their earning and those of men, but still lag behind. Social Explorer helps you understand the trends of today with decades of data and context.
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