Lis and the Single Girl: Are Single Women Closing the Wage Gap?

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Are single women making any progress in closing the wage gap with men?

It depends on where you live. Young women in many of our nation’s larger cities have not just matched their male counterpart’s salaries, but they have actually surpassed them. A recent study prepared at Queens College shows that women, age 21 to 30, in large cities like New York City who work full time are making 117 percent of men’s wages; in Dallas, that number rose to 120 percent. In fact, women in their 20s in Chicago, Boston and Minneapolis are making more money on average than men.

Nationwide, however, this same group of young women is making much less — 89 percent of the average full-time pay for men. The reason for this divide may be because women college graduates are gravitating to the big cities. These women are more likely to be unmarried and childless. They can devote all their time to their careers while their suburban counterparts often are married with children, leaving less time to be a breadwinner. Traditionally, women’s relocation patterns after college were determined by their husband’s needs. Today though, qualified women are moving and relocating for their own needs!

What the future holds is unclear in terms of whether or not women will surpass men’s salaries all around. And it’s still true that many women fall behind men’s earnings as they get older, either due to stopping work altogether or taking time off to raise children. Whatever theory you subscribe to for some lessening of the gap between wages — one thing is clear, ladies, keep up the good work!

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Lis Wiehl joined FOX News Channel as a legal analyst in October 2001. She is currently a professor of law at the New York Law School. Wiehl received her undergraduate degree from Barnard College in 1983 and received her Master of Arts in Literature from the University of Queensland in 1985. In addition, she earned her Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School in 1987. Lis is also the author of The 51% Minority — How Women Still Are Not Equal and What You Can Do About It. (Watch the Video) To read the rest of Lis's bio, click here.