The Katrina Glass Ceiling
What jumped out at me from zuzu's piece specifically were these two statistics:
The median earnings for men in their lowest-paid occupations range from $15,150 to $23,500 annually, compared with women’s earnings of $11,400 to $20,000 in their lowest-paid occupations. At the high end of the scale, men’s median earnings range from $38,700 to $130,000, compared with a high range of $30,000 to $63,000 for women.
So, we can break down these ranges by their respective values. We'll call them Low-Wage Low-Earning/High-Earning Men and Women, and High-Wage Low-Earning/High-Earning Men and Women, respectively, just so we can hang a handle on them. Let's look at the disparity between these four values.
At the low end, LWLE women make 75.24% of what LWLE men make ($11 400 versus $15 150).
LWHE women make 85.1% of what LWHE men make, putting them at the least gender-based disadvantage of any group ($20 000 versus $23 500).
In the high-wage group, HWLE women make 77.5% of what their male counterparts do ($30 000 versus $38 700).
On the other hand, HWHE women make just 48.46% of what HWHE men make ($63 000 versus $130 000).
Based on these median figures, that actually means the higher-earning women are actually at more of a comparative income disadvantage by gender. I know the usual income disparity generally is that women earn between 75-80% of what men earn, but I don't have good figures on how that breaks down once you get into the top 1% of income earners or so.
Nevertheless, New Orleans seems to have a serious glass ceiling problem.