Boston Has A Plan To End The Gender Wage Gap: The 10 Cities Where Women Earn The Most

It doesn’t seem like the gender wage-gap is going anywhere. On average, women in the United States are paid 77 cents for every dollar that a man makes. But Boston, Mass. has a plan to solve the problem: in the city, women make 85 cents for every dollar that men do, and they're launching an initiative to erase the gender wage-gap altogether.

The dean of Boston's Simmons Business School, Cathy Minehan, is in charge of a citywide council that has already convinced 40 businesses to sign a pledge to close the wage gap. Minehan expects to have 50 companies signed on by the end of the year.

"Women work as hard; they're smart. Just because they're a woman, they get discriminated against?" said Boston mayor Thomas Menino. "We're going to end that discrimination in Boston."

There are three steps that these companies agree to when they sign the pledge: to open their books and assess their own wage data; to pick three strategies to improve pay equity; and to share their wage data anonymously every two years so the city can measure progress.

And Boston isn’t the only city ahead of the national average when it comes to the gender wage-gap. Here, 10 cities that boast some of the smallest gender wage gaps in the nation.

Tampa, Florida

Women's pay as a percentage of men's: 84.8%

Median income for women: $35,958

Median income for men: $42,420

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Miami, Florida

Women's pay as a percentage of men's: 85.4%

Median income for women: $34,852

Median income for men: $40,817

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San Antonio, Texas

Women's pay as a percentage of men's: 85.5%

Median income for women: $34,753

Median income for men: $40,633

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El Paso, Texas

Women's pay as a percentage of men's: 85.6%

Median income for women: $28,959

Median income for men: $33,821

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McAllen, Texas

Women's pay as a percentage of men's: 86.5%

Median income for women: $26,191

Median income for men: $30,288

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Stockton, California

Women's pay as a percentage of men's: 87%

Median income for women: $39,311

Median income for men: $45,201

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Las Vegas, Nevada

Women's pay as a percentage of men's: 87%

Median income for women: $35,238

Median income for men: $40,510

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North Port, Florida

Women's pay as a percentage of men's: 87.5%

Median income for women: $35,352

Median income for men: $40,417

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Fresno, California

Women's pay as a percentage of men's: 89.1%

Median income for women: $35,786

Median income for men: $40,164

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Los Angeles, California

Women's pay as a percentage of men's: 91.4%

Median income for women: $40,777

Median income for men: $44,607

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