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News: Women on the rise (Time)

Gender pay gapYounger women in America are nearing long-sought parity with men when it  comes to pay in the workplace, but they still believe more needs to be done to  reach that goal, and how parenthood will change their earning power remains an  open question.

Those are the findings of a new Pew survey out Wednesday focusing on so-called  millennial women, those born after 1980. Three-quarters of those women believe  the U.S. needs to do more to achieve gender equality in the workplace, even  Pew’s research shows them to be the first generation in American history to  “start their work lives at near parity with men.”

WORKPLACE EQUALITYDespite the gains that young women have made — both in educational attainment  and labor force participation — compared to past generations, millennial women  believe, as their mothers and grandmothers do, that “this is a man’s world,”  according to the survey.

Based on analysis of census data, Pew found that in 2012, among workers aged  between 25-34, women’s hourly wages were 93 percent those of men. For workers  aged 16 and over, women’s hourly wages as a percentage of men’s was lower — only  84 percent. The report attributes the success of millennial women in achieving  near-equal pay to their education gains; it found that millennial women were  more likely than their male counterparts to hold a bachelor’s degree.

However, the survey showed that recently, groups of young women “have fallen  further behind their same-aged male counterparts” as family responsibilities  take a toll on their careers.

 

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