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Women have come a long way in America, yet they still lag behind men in key economic areas, according to a new report from the Office of Management and Budget and the Economics and Statistics Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce.

The report, “Women in America: Indicators of Social and Economic Well-Being,” released Tuesday, is the first such study since the Kennedy administration.

“This collection of data from across the federal government offers the most comprehensive look at women in America since the 1960s,” said Acting Deputy Secretary of Commerce Rebecca Blank.

According to the report, women now attend college at levels equal to that of men. In addition, younger women are more likely than their male counterparts to have completed a college degree.

These academic gains were mirrored by an increase of women in the labor force, where their earnings now add a substantial amount to their respective household incomes. Furthermore, the average life expectancy for women exceeds that of men.

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article courtesy of BlackAmericaWeb.com

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