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WH Report: Women Gaining, but Still Lag on Wages

Women are gaining ground educationally and economically, but men still make more money on average and women are more likely to live in poverty, according to a White House report expected to be released Tuesday.

Women are gaining ground educationally and economically, but men still make more money on average and women are more likely to live in poverty, according to a White House report expected to be released Tuesday.

The report compiles data from a half-dozen U.S. government agencies on topics including women's educational attainment, employment, earnings and experience with crime and abuse.

Many of the figures have been released previously by different parts of the government, but now have been put pulled together into one document, billed by the White House as its most comprehensive report on the state of women in 50 years.

"Women have not only caught up with men in college attendance but younger women are now more likely than younger men to have a college or a master's degree," wrote Valerie Jarrett, a senior adviser to President Barack Obama, and Christina Tchen, chief of staff to first lady Michele Obama, in a foreword. "Yet, these gains in education and labor force involvement have not yet translated into wage and income equity."

The report depicts a sea change in women's roles over the past few decades, away from child-rearing and housekeeping to serving as a pillar of family finances and America's economy. Still, single-mother households are more common than those with single fathers, a big reason why women are more likely than men to be poor, despite higher unemployment among men. And women continue to lag behind men in science and math-oriented occupations, as well as in earnings.

Perhaps the biggest change for women has been their large gains in education and movement into the work force, which in turn has had significant implications for when—and whether—they start families.

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