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Maryland, DC in Top Three for Gender Pay Equity

Virginia ranks No. 29, according to new study.

A study by the American Association of University Women (AAUW) finds that in Washington, D.C., women working full-time, year-round, earn 90 percent as much as their male counterparts, taking the No. 1 spot on the list of "State Median Annual Earnings and Earning Ratio."

Maryland, women earn 86 percent as much, which places them No. 3 on the list, just behind Vermont at 87 percent. Travel south to Virginia, and that figure drops to 78 percent—only 1 percentage point above the national average of 77 percent—and 29th place.

Christi Corbett, a senior researcher with the AAUW, told the Washington Examiner that she believes "a large population of federal government employees and a strong union presence are big reasons why there is greater parity between what men and women make in D.C. and Maryland."

The figures for Hispanic women tell a slightly different story. According to the Examiner, Hispanic women earn 56 cents for each dollar a white male makes in Virginia, compared to 46 cents and 41 cents for Maryland and D.C. respectively.

From a historical perspective, the gender pay gap has shrunk from 40 percent in the early 1970s to 23 percent in 2011, but the AAUW's data shows that the narrowing has slowed over the past decade. These figures and some industry-specific data are cited in a 2012 Huffington Post article.

MG42 January 01, 2013 at 01:53 PM
Anyone who thinks that there is a gender pay gap is essentially advertising that they have zero understanding of economics. The uncomfortable reality is that men, on average, are smarter, stronger and have better educations (STEM not Lib arts) than women. Disagree? Name a single contribution that women have made to science. Men also don't call in sick when they have cramps, or when the kid has the sniffles. If women actually did the same work for less money, companies would actually *prefer* to hire women. Men get higher pay because they earn it.
Brandie Jefferson January 02, 2013 at 04:55 AM
"Name one contribution that women have made to science?" Really? What an odd comment. It's not worth naming a list of popular women scientists - though I was just yesterday reading about Rosalind Franklin, so I will mention her. Otherwise, you should probably just try Google. If you know anything about the history of science, you'd know that many women were just as responsible for some of the most important discoveries, but *not recognized* because - get this - people didn't think women were smart enough to be taken seriously as scientists. Crazy, right? But somehow, they discovered nebulae (as nameless "computers"), were members of the team that developed fission (but not awarded Nobel Prizes with their male collaborators), they are all over the cutting edge of biology today. Just look into the history of computer programming - find out who the ADA programming language was named after. Geez. As to "better educations" making the difference, woman in STEM jobs still earn less then men in STEM jobs: 86 cents on the dollar, according to the Dept. of Commerce (http://ow.ly/gtfmx).
MG42 January 02, 2013 at 12:23 PM
Women have done almost nothing in science, and what few contributions they have made pale in comparison to men and even you will probably admit that. One of the interesting things about women's history month is how women get credit for finally doing things that men have done for decades. Men run the world and take and take all the risks. No women police or firefighters died on 9/11. Also, most (I think 85%) of Fortune 500 companies have male CEOs. You really think they'd have male CEOs if they could hire a woman to do the same job for less?

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