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April 25, 2014 / Rebekah Seder, Editor

In our region women earn 15 percent less than men

WORKFORCE | The Washington Area Women’s Foundation digs into data on the gender wage gap in the Greater Washington region. While the wage gap in this region is slightly less than it is in the country overall, women still earn considerably less than men in all but one jurisdiction (WAWF, 4/22):

Although women in the Washington area earn on average more than women in the United States overall, pay inequities are persistent features of the regional labor market and vary substantially by geography, except in Prince George’s County where women’s earnings ($51,616) are slightly higher than men’s earnings ($50,568). Among the jurisdictions included in the Washington region, Fairfax County had the largest wage gap (26 percent), where women earned considerably less ($61,470) than men ($83,192). The second largest wage gap was for Arlington county (20 percent) followed by Montgomery County (18 percent). In addition to Prince George’s County, the city of Alexandria and the District of Columbia had the lowest disparity in earnings with a gap of eight and 10 percent, respectively.

HOUSING | The MacArthur Foundation just released a series of issue briefs looking at the relationship between housing and other aspects of people’s lives, such as educational achievement, health and well-being, and job opportunities.

Related: City Paper has a quick overview of two of the briefs that look at the impact on low-income families when they move to higher-income neighborhoods. (CP, 4/24)

– High schools throughout the region are ramping up their computer science classes, in recognition of the growing need for coding skills in a wide variety of careers. They are also trying to address the gender and racial gap in the number of students who take these classes. (WaPo, 4/24)

– The Department of Education is going to propose new regulations to improve teacher training programs at universities, citing the number of teachers who come out of college unprepared for the job. (WaPo, 4/25)

Schools roll out the red carpet for dads who volunteer (WaPo, 4/23)

HOMELESSNESS | D.C. Served 4,279 Homeless People On One Night This Winter (DCist, 4/22)

AGING | Why Ridesharing Is a Way Bigger Deal for Suburban Seniors Than Urban Millennials (Atlantic, 4/23)

Metro, MWAA agreement puts Silver Line on course to open in summer (WaPo, 4/24)

– High speed rail between D.C. and Baltimore? Ooohhh(WaPo, 4/22)

EVENTS | The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia‘s Future Fund (for whose grant committee WRAG’s Katy Moore serves as co-chair) is hosting their annual gala on May 14. More information here.

Apparently my brain is dominated by “life-hacker” office speak. I’m not sure I know what that means, but it sounds cool.

– Rebekah

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