The study, released today from the University Center for Social and Urban Research at the University of Pittsburgh, says women are still collecting less than their both their local male co-workers and their female counterparts nation-wide. Study co-author Sabina Deitrick says even education isn't leveling the field; women with graduate degrees have a greater pay disparity than those without even a high-school degree.
She says one reason could be the "legacy effect" of Pittsburgh's industrial history. Women weren't part of the region's workforce until the economy was restructured following the rapid decline of the steel industry. Dietrick says as a result, seniority and training issues come into play. Other areas with growing economies also have a greater pay equity than the Pittsburgh region.
The study promotes training and hiring women in fields where they're poorly represented, like science and technology, and internal audits so institutions can examine and address their own pay equity issues.