1. Best/Worst Jobs for Women Based on Pay Equity. Tired of hearing about how female lawyers lag behind men in the legal profession? Well, listen and learn, ladies! NPR recently posted jobs with the biggest and smallest gender gaps in pay, based on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
- Health technician
- Buyer (wholesale and retail)
- Office clerk
- Social worker
- Cafeteria worker
- Data entry clerk
- Warehouse clerk
- Security guard
Women who work as health technicians and counselors actually made 3.7 percent and 2.6 percent more (respectively) than their male counterparts! And who would have guessed that security work is a ripe field for women?
Jobs with big gender gaps. The following are the top five jobs with the worst gender gap, where women make less than 70 percent of what men make, based on full-time work (the national average is 80.9 percent) :
- Insurance sales agent 62.5
- Retail sale 64.3
- Sales 65.6
- Real estate broker 66.0
- Personal finance adviser 66.3
Overall, both the "good" and "bad" lists are depressively predictable. Women fare better in jobs where they play helper (office worker, clerk, server). But women fare poorly in jobs involving selling—which may also explain why female lawyers have such a hard time selling their services to clients and developing business.
2. Best U.S. Cities for Working Women. Forbes lists the 20 best-paying cities for women. Let me just say, it's a rather eclectic list that included a number of places I'd never heard of. In any case, here are the top five:
- Washington, D.C.
- San Jose
- Bridegeport, Connecticut
- San Francisco
- Trenton, New Jersey
Forbes also reports that "there are only four in which women earn equal to or more than men": Key West, Florida; Madera, California; Fort Payne, Alabama; and Sebring, Florida. With the exception of Key West, I don't know those other places. Maybe I've been missing out on the female nirvanas of North America.
3. Best Place in the World for Working Women: Drum roll, please. The honor belongs to Luxembourg. Reports e financial career:
The tiny, wealthy Grand Duchy is the only place on earth where median salaries for women are higher than for men, according to a report by STATEC, the country’s statistics bureau.
Luxembourg women took home a median full-time salary of €45,767 in 2010, about 3 percent more than the €44,224 earned by men.
And the reason is that women there work in high-paying fields. "More than a quarter of female employees in Luxembourg work in the most lucrative sectors, including finance and insurance, compared with only 15 percent of men."
Quick—which international law firms are in Luxembourg? Time to do a Google search!