Young, Single, Childless Women Earn More than Male Counterparts

We've talked before about the regrettable legacy of women earning less than men in this country. But the Wall Street Journal reports that at least one demographic subset of women earns more than men:

In 2008, single, childless women between ages 22 and 30 were earning more than their male counterparts in most U.S. cities, with incomes that were 8% greater on average, according to an analysis of Census Bureau data released Wednesday by Reach Advisors, a consumer-research firm in Slingerlands, N.Y.

This seems like good news, but it's not exactly a sea change. The Journal notes that "at every education level, from high-school dropouts to Ph.D.s, women continue to earn less than their male peers." And after having children, women often see their earnings either stagnate or decrease.