Young, Single Women Out-Earn Men

But gender gap remains overall
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 2, 2010 1:01 PM CDT

(Newser) – Finally, some good news for women when it comes to the gender gap. A new study shows that in many of the biggest US cities, women are out-earning men by a median of 8%. In Atlanta and Memphis, the difference shoots all the way up to 20%. One researcher attributes this reversal to education: Three women get a college degree for every two men. The bad news? This “reverse gender gap” holds true only for under-30, single, childless women, Time reports.

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Even so, that researcher says women are gaining enough leverage through this trend that they may not lose the gains as they get older and start families. But this news should be taken with a grain of salt, writes Tracy Clark-Flory on Salon. “When we talk about young women out-earning men, we are talking about averages,” she writes. As the researcher told her, “It does not mean that a woman holding the same job and the same degree out-earns men.” For more on that, click here.
(Read more wage gap stories.)

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