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"female-headed households are at a distinct disadvantage in recessions because they have fewer savings to draw upon."

Too bad you can't eat Manolo Blahniks or make your mortgage payments in Pucci handbags.

(I'm a kidder)

Posted by Banna | October 23, 2008 2:05 PM

"A man is not a plan?" Or is it the famous palindrome? "A man, a plan, a canal, Panama!"

Posted by inkweary | October 23, 2008 2:33 PM

Women are paid less than men, even when they have the same qualifications and work the same hours. Women who work full time earn only 77 percent of what men make—a 22 percent gap in average annual wages. Discrimination, not lack of training or education, is largely the cause of the wage gap. Even with the same qualifications, women earn less than men. In 2007, full time, year round female workers aged 25 to 32 with a bachelor's degree were paid 14 percent less than men.

The problem with this section is that it doesn't say whether the study compared women and men working in the same field. I have a bachelor's degree and work full time in an engineering job. My sister-in-law has a bachelor's degree and works full time in a combination of waitressing and stage managing. Needless to say, our incomes are different.

Posted by Greg | October 23, 2008 2:55 PM

Tax those laid-off cunts. We want the ST train to pump up the value of our holdings.

Posted by Downtown Bellevue Property Owners | October 23, 2008 2:55 PM

3 - the problem with this entire report is that they do not specify their methodology. if their model includes only gender [m/f] and bachelor's degree [yes/no] -- as their write-up suggests -- they're ignoring all sorts of variables that affect a person's earnings. i mean, what do they mean by "qualifications"? details, please.

these reports often over-simplify this issue. the wage gap is real, but they are not doing women any favors by pretending it is due entirely to gender discrimination and can be fixed by legislation. the reality is there are multiple factors at play, requiring multiple strategies.

Posted by brandon | October 23, 2008 3:09 PM

Good thing Seattle's single women have all three Stranger-endorsed special levies to look forward to! That ought to help ease their financial burden!

Posted by joykiller | October 23, 2008 3:33 PM

I can personally attest to this-- my take home income has decreased approximately 33% from what it was last year at the same time, and I work for the same company in the exact same position. Granted, it's a sales job, and a large part of my pay depends on commission, but that's a really significant drop. And I'm certainly not spending my money on manolos and ugly purses, thank you very much.

Posted by SDizzle | October 23, 2008 3:34 PM

Sdizzle, this has nothing to do with you unless you're claiming women hold more sales positions.

Posted by Bellevue Ave | October 23, 2008 6:44 PM

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