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One part of L.A. is leading the nation in closing the gender wage gap

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Brittany Martin

Across the United States, men are still pulling in median incomes of, on average, 20 percent more than women. One portion of Los Angeles is upending that, though. If you happen to live in the 37th U.S. Congressional District, an area including Mid-City, South L.A., Mar Vista, Koreatown and Culver City, you may be reaping the benefits of female incomes that average 100.3 percent of male incomes.

There are only four other Congressional districts in the entire country doing as well on pay equality. Other areas where female incomes meet or exceed male incomes include portions of Dallas; the Brooklyn, Bronx and Queens boroughs of New York City, and the Maryland suburbs near Washington, D.C.

The California 37th, represented by Democrat Karen Bass, ranked fifth in the country and best in California on the annual gender pay gap study commissioned by the American Association of University Women, as LA Weekly reports. Republican Darrel Issa’s district, running along the coastline from Dana Point to La Jolla, ranked second, with women making 99.8 percent of their male counterparts.

Things look a little worse for women who live in the South Bay. In District 33, running from Malibu to Rancho Palos Verdes, women make only 72.8 percent of male wages, which puts the gap there at more than 13 percent larger than the state average. In other words, a median woman living in that area takes home a salary of $66,718 while the median man makes $91,707.

Within California, the largest gender wage gaps exist in the 17th and 18th districts. The stats from those districts—an area that includes places like Palo Alto, Mountain View and Cupertino—reflect the major pay disparities that continue to plague the Silicon Valley.

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