California Rules (Kind Of) for Working Women

While the debate rages on — alternately tiringly and astutely — about whether today’s women can “have it all,” one thing’s for sure: We’re still glaringly distant from anything resembling equal pay between men and women. Astonishingly or not, women’s earnings in the US still barely inch past 82 percent of what their male counterparts make. But according to new data released today from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, California — at 89.9 percent — is the best state to rake in equal-ish pay as a woman. BLS representatives said they can’t definitively say what accounts for California’s high marks, but said that the numbers generally have to do with differing industries state-to-state, as well as the age composition of each state’s labor force.

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