B.R. named the worst-paying city for women
On average, a woman working full-time in Baton Rouge doesn't even earn two-thirds of what her male counterpart does, making it the worst city in the United States for working women. That's according to a list from 24/7 Wall St., a Delaware-based financial news and opinion website. Citing U.S. Census Bureau statistics, 24/7 Wall St. says the median income for men in Baton Rouge is $51,103, while it's just $32,385 for women. That means women earn about 63.4% as much as men who do comparable jobs. That's not much of an improvement from when the Equal Pay Act of 1963 was passed; at that time, women across the country earned about 58.9% of what men did. Today, that figure is at 77.4%. "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," reads an article prefacing the list. "Manufacturing, health care, finance and utilities, for example, all pay women significantly less, on average, than they pay men for the same work." With leading employers including Turner Industries and Shaw Group, the article notes Baton Rouge "paints the picture of an industrial-leaning economy." You can check out the complete story and list here.
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