Women are closing the earnings gap with men, according to new census data.
Single women ages 22-30 with no children earn more than men in 147 out of 150 major U.S. cities, according to 2008 U.S. Census Bureau data.
And Atlanta women are leading the way, according to an interesting news story by AJC Bargain Hunter Lauren Davidson who explores the trend. Davidson notes that from 2000 to 2010, Atlanta men had a 48 percent jump in median earnings, from $32,654 to $48,256, but women saw a 71 percent increase, from $22,916 to $39,228, according to the census data.
Liza Mundy, an author and journalist, explores the implications of this trend in the article and says in that more households will be supported by women than men within a generation.
“Women are still getting their minds around their new bread-winning status,” Mundy said. “Women are proud of their earnings … but they are still struggling to embrace the idea that they are providing not only for themselves but for others.”
Do you see any consequences for marriage and family life if this trend continues?