None of the cities on the list are in major, cosmopolitan regions — only one, Santa Fe, is a state capital. Six cities are found in California and two in New York, and many cities are suburbs to larger urban metropolises, which is a sign that major cities are dominated and run by men.
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Given that there are tens of thousands of municipalities in the U.S., 16 is proportionally pathetic, as is the fact that only 10 states are represented. The list does show — in hard data — the continuing disparity between male and female wages in this country.
In April, women "celebrated" Equal Pay Day, raising awareness of the fact that for every dollar a man earns, a woman makes 77 cents. That may seem insignificant on a macro level, but "if you add all those pennies up, the gender gap will cost the average American woman more than $400,000 over the course of her professional life."
The point is not to create a dynamic where women make more men — but is equality too much to ask? For a more holistic perspective on female earning rates around the country, NerdWallet also compiled a list of the best large cities for women in the workforce. Aurora, Colo., leads the way:
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With the percentage of women in the workforce reaching all-time highs — a 20% increase since 1970 — it's inevitable that even without an equal pay law or the ERA, women will continue to make economic inroads into the largest cities in the U.S.