Young Women Earn More

Wednesday, June 20, 2012 - 9:43am

Study finds recent female graduates earn more than their male counterparts.

Young women are earning more money than men, according to Time Magazine and USA Today.

Genesis Hernandez is studying English and culinary arts at Miami-Dade College.

She isn't surprised to hear single women in their 20s are earning more then young men.

"A woman has more motivation to study, to get a degree, to be somebody," Hernandez said. "For me it's really important to get a degree."

Education is key.

Both Time Magazine and USA Today say more women go to college than men.

Once there, women are more likely to graduate or earn advanced degrees.

Among African-Americans and Hispanics, women are more than twice as likely as men to earn college degrees.

"I do believe that," 28-year-old Jorge Oquendo said. "I have two sisters. Both of them are going to college. A lot of girls actually go to college and stay in college."

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, single women between 22 and 30 years old earn an average of $27,000 a year.

That's 8 percent more than comparable men. Women of that age earn more in 39 of the 50 biggest American cities.

"I think that's cool," Oquendo said. "They should pay you for whatever you do. If the women has a better job than a guy, then why not?"

Model Amber Lawson wasn't expecting to hear women are starting to make more.

"That's good to hear women are getting their head on their shoulders," Lawson said. "I would think it would be about the same, but I guess men kind of go with the flow."

Another reason women are more successful? They are waiting longer to get married and have kids – focusing on their career first.

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