low pay for women in these citiesMarch 8 was International Women's Day, a moment on the calendar dedicated to honoring women's successes, and also their struggles for equality. Nearly a century after American women won the universal right to vote, workplace equality in this country is still inconsistent, and equal pay continues to remain a distant goal.

Since the passage of the Equal Pay Act of 1963, the gap has been closing, albeit slowly. In 1963, women who worked full-time, year-round earned 58.9% of what men did in similar jobs with similar hours. Today, that figure is 77.4%, according to the Census Bureau.

No surprise, pay inequality is unevenly spread across America. In Los Angeles, women make nearly 90% of what men do. In Baton Rouge, the figure is closer to 63%. But don't assume it's a matter of rich areas vs. poor ones: In fact, it often has to do more with what industries dominate a city. Manufacturing, health care, finance and utilities, for example, all pay women significantly less, on average, than they pay men for the same work.

24/7 Wall St. has examined the data and identified the metropolitan areas where the wage gap is the widest. These are the worst-paying cities for women.




To identify the cities that pay women the least, 24/7 Wall St. compared the median incomes for the past 12 months of both men and women who worked full-time, year-round in the country's 100 largest metropolitan statistical areas, based on data collected by the U.S. Census Bureau. Information on the most unequal industries was calculated using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Department of Labor, the Census Bureau, as well as Catalyst, the leading nonprofit organization for expanding women in business, and The Institute for Women's Policy Research.



-- By Ashley C. Allen, Charles B. Stockdale



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lklex

According to statistics from the U.S. Department of Labor, men account for approximately 92% of workplace fatalities and the vast majority of serious, disabling work-related injuries. What about that enormous gender gap? Where is the equality in that? In light of that stark reality, it is awfully odd that there is a Woman's Bureau at the U.S. Department of Labor that seeks to protect women in the workplace, and yet there is no corresponding Men's Bureau to protect men in the workplace. Women do the whining; men do the dying.

March 14 2012 at 1:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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According to statistics from the U.S. Department of Labor, men account for approximately 92% of workplace fatalities and the vast majority of serious, disabling work-related injuries. What about that enormous gender gap? Where is the equality in that? In light of that stark reality, it is awfully odd that there is a Woman's Bureau at the U.S. Department of Labor that seeks to protect women in the workplace, and yet there is no corresponding Men's Bureau to protect men in the workplace. Women do the whining; men do the dying.

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---It's time for America to stop dumbing down the white male -- the white male has no chance anymore to advance in America everything is quotas-- for so called minorities how the hell do women fall under the title minority when they are 51% ???? -- the white male has no backing from anyone --college- business loans -- no extra points on a civil service test- -- just notice the condition of America-- as we are fazing them out .. sad that our children and grandchildren won't have a chance...

March 11 2012 at 11:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
clearfashion

---It's time for America to stop dumbing down the white male -- the white male has no chance anymore to advance in America everything is quotas-- for so called minorities how the hell do women fall under the title minority when they are 51% ???? -- the white male has no backing from anyone --college- business loans -- no extra points on a civil service test- -- just notice the condition of America-- as we are fazing them out .. sad that our children and grandchildren won't have a chance...

March 11 2012 at 10:01 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
GGOLDS5

Let me explain why women are totally to blame for lower salaries and why companies and men have nothing to do with it. If you have ever been a manager in any organization you would know the clear answer to this. A salary for any job has a range. Every company's goal is to offer the lowest acceptable salary to both men and women that they will accept, that is fair and equitable, and is going to get and keep that employee. This literally goes back to the hunter gatherer genetic model. Men think immediately that they have to make enough to take care of themselves and their family. By nature (testosterone) men are more aggressive and are thinking in terms of taking care of their woman, family, and themselves. When men are offered a salary that is what they are thinking. Even if it is not the actual case in their life. A women by nature is less aggressive and will be thinking more in line with being the nurturer and caretaker with her man supporting her family financially more then they do. NOW, before you all jump on my ass about this. NO, I'm not an idiot I know there are single mom's and women that have better careers in some cases. However, our brains our still wired to a genetic 40000 year old mind and model, as that is what we still are. No matter how you slice it women will accept lower salaries. I've done studies on this for years, managed many companies, and no matter what, women will take less, men want and demand more. We are built this way. That will never change, and no company big or small is going to throw more money to someone who will accept less. That's bad fiscal sense. So blame yourselves for you're lower salaries or start fighting for bigger ones. It is brain mapping not a scandal to pay women less. No matter how society changes and no matter how much women need to earn the same money due to changes in our future, the government, social security, cost of living etc., women are more prone to take less and give more. Enough of this wining about equality. Stop blaming everyone else and take responsibility for you're own salaries.

March 11 2012 at 7:39 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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March 11 2012 at 6:08 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
Theosphilll

If it's that bad,, stay home and cook and clean

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