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Are Young Women Earning More Than Their Boyfriends?
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Are Young Women Earning More Than Their Boyfriends?

Heather Boushey looks at whether women are outearning men in this Slate piece.

The news last week was that if you’re a young woman without children, you have a shot at making more money than your boyfriend. "Young, single, childless women out-earn male counterparts," says USA Today; "Workplace Salaries: At Last, Women on Top" says Time.

I always enjoy it when the media rediscover a trend: Equality is here! But digging a bit deeper into the data tells a more nuanced tale. Even if you can make more than the cute guy you saw at the bar last weekend, you may not out-earn the colleague sitting in the next cubicle. And, alas, it’s the second comparison that really matters.

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Heather Boushey

Senior Fellow

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