These Streets Are Our Streets

Andrew A. Beveridge, a demographer at Queens College, found that 21 to 30-year-old women of all education levels who work full time in large cities, like New York City, Dallas, Minneapolis, Chicago and Boston. In New York City and Dallas, women make 177 percent and 120 percent of men’s wages. Beveridge first reported his findings in Gotham Gazette, published online by the Citizens Union Foundation.

The New York Times, which also reported the findings, said that the difference between the national wage gap (women make 89 percent the full-time wage of men nationally) and city wages could be because more women are graduating from college and are moving to cities for higher money-making opportunities. It also could be because women tend to enter graduate programs sooner than men, in an effort to get ahead in their careers and then start families.

This study may be encouraging to career-minded women, but men are still getting the top managerial positions later on in life. In the reader opinion poll, many said that men would continue to get the top leadership roles as women continue to take time off to have children. Women must still choose between their career and childbearing. It seems unfair, but until men start carrying the unborn child for nine months, I doubt there will be a perfect solution to this problem.

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