This should be encouraging going forward for women. it seems that single women with no children are making more money than their male counterparts as revealed by Census Bureau data. Women's rights groups would have everyone believe that women are still being severely restricted in their earnings compared to men.
There are many problems with this argument. First, women and men can seldom be matched up in exactly the same jobs. Second, men on average work more hours than women, thus they will have higher gross earnings compared to women. Third, men tend toward jobs in higher earnings groups, when compared to working groups that most women choose to enter. The point being that there are many variables when trying to determine with absolute specificity whether women are coming closer to parity in earnings with men.
[...] Single women ages 22-30 with no children out-earn men in 147 out of 150 major U.S. cities — and Atlanta tops the list, according to 2008 U.S. Census Bureau data. In Atlanta, women in this age group earn 21 percent more in median income than men.
Although men still lead women nationally in median income overall, the gap is closing. From 2000 to 2010, Atlanta men experienced a 48 percent jump in median earnings, from $32,654 to $48,256, but women saw a 71 percent increase, from $22,916 to $39,228, according to census data. Liza Mundy, an author and journalist, explores the implications of this trend in “The Richer Sex,” (Simon & Schuster, 2012) which argues that more households will be supported by women than men within a generation, with far-reaching consequences for marriage and family life. [..]