PUBLISHED: 18:24 EST, 18 March 2012 | UPDATED: 05:17 EST, 19 March 2012
Women in the workforce are set to earn more than men for the first time in history, according to new research.
The next generation of female employees in the U.S. will take home more money than their male peers across all sectors of employment.
The phenomenon marks such a cultural shift in the American way of life that author and journalist Liza Mundy used it as the basis for her book, The Richer Sex.
Ms Mundy’s research found that in U.S. cities, single women in their twenties with no children, on average make more than men, according to Time Magazine.
She wrote: ‘Almost 40 per cent of working wives out-earn their husbands’ – and this number was rising.
Over the next few decades, professions like law, medicine and veterinary medicine will be predominantly run by women.
The Richer Sex addresses many of the gender issues that will be met along the way – and how it will revolutionize how we date, set up home, get married and raise children.
A report last year from the Government found that although women in the U.S. have made huge strides economically and in education in the past 50 years, at present they still make less money than men.
The report, billed by the White House as its most comprehensive study on the state of women in 50 years, said women gained more college degrees than men but were more likely to live in poverty.
Cultural commentator: Liza Mundy (pictured left) based her new book, The Richer Sex (right), on new evidence that single women in their twenties earn more than their male peers
The 2011 study, titled Women in America: Indicators Of Social And Economic Well-Being, pieced together data from a half a dozen government agencies.
It found that the greatest changes for women had been their gains in education and in the workforce – which has resulted in people marrying later.
College-educated women get married on average around the age of 30, compared with 26 for women who don’t go to college.
The proportion of women who are married has dropped from 72 per cent in 1970 to 62 per cent in 2009.
However Ms Mundy’s research has found that marriage rates for women in high-income brackets were on the rise as opposed to low-earners.
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