Young Women In Big Cities More Empowered Than Ever To Go Shopping

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City-dwelling women in their twenties are making slightly more than urban men, according to a demographic study featured in today's New York Times. Oh, hallelujah. Maybe this will make up for the money we spend on tampons, birth control, Sephora, getting shoes reheeled every two weeks, manicures, pedicures, eyebrows, bras, earrings, cinchy accent belts, self-tanner .... except, ha ha ha yeah not even close! We looked for more on the work of Andrew Beveridge, the demographer who penned the study back in March, and found the abstract to his more recent work slightly more up our alley.

No Quick Riches for New York's Twentysomethings (June, 2007) Overall, today's recent college graduates in New York are not making as much money as their parent's (sic) generation did, with men's wages falling substantially and earnings for women increasing slightly.


In terms adjusted for the fact that signing a lease on a tiny one-bedroom in this town costs more than the down payment on your parents' house, twentysomethings' salaries in New York have actually decreased since the seventies. WHEN THE CITY WAS ON THE VERGE OF BANKRUPTCY AND TIMES SQUARE WAS A HEROIN-ADDLED PROSTITUTION DEN. Take that and put it on your most-emailed list.

For Young Earners in Big City, A Gap In Women's Favor [New York Times]



@NicoleItchy: I was literally starved out of New York (where I was born and raised) — after years of living over a an actual crack den and working three jobs to bolster my pathetic publishing salary ($22,000 in 2000, people!) into something I could, you know, afford a can of Key Food soup and my crack-den rent on.

I and almost everyone I grew up with in NYC have since moved to LA, where if you can put up with the opressive sunshine and general lack of respect for knowledge, you can have a creative, interesting job that pays enough for a car, a nice apartment, and dinner out from time to time.

God knows I hate a lot of things about Los Angeles, and it breaks my heart to rag on my beloved hometown, but New York's soul has been leaching away for some time now, and I absolutely (and quite bitterly) blame it on the assholes who set entry-level salaries so low that only overentitled trust-fund assholes can afford to even get on the bottom rung of any ladder worth climbing.

My parents were underemployed stage actors, for god's sake, and I grew up on the Upper East Side. And New York was a much, much more interesting place.