Study shows women make more money than men if they’re single, childless

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Good news for women: the income gap between the sexes is closing so rapidly, you are now probably making more money than your male counterparts. The bad news is, statistically, you have to be single, childless and under 30.

James Chung, of Reach Advisors, studied the Census Bureau's American Community Survey and concluded that in 147 out of the 150 biggest cities in the United States, childless, single women under 30 earn more than their male counterparts. Overall, a woman in this group earned 8 percent more money, but the discrepancy was even greater in cities like New York (17 percent) and San Diego (15 percent).

The reason for this reverse gender gap is mostly attributed to education. Young women are more likely to have a college degree than young men. Married women, women with children, and women older than 30, however, all still make less than men. [Asylum via Time]

Dudes, since when are we not getting college degrees? You think employers are going to hire us simply because we have penises? (Well, they should — penises are fascinating and weird-lookin', after all.)

What we want to know, really, is why is it that so many women who have dependents lack a degree in higher education? Have college graduates stopped having children?