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Two Chicagoland Colleges Rated Best for Women

Published: Wednesday, June 18, 2014 1:53 p.m. CST

By Paul Tooher

Two Chicagoland universities are among the 73 colleges rated as the best for women, according to a report recently published in Professional Woman’s Magazine.

The magazine, which says it is dedicated to promoting the advancement of multi-cultural diverse women in all aspects of business and employment to ensure equal opportunity, rated the University of Chicago and Northwestern University as among the best of the best following its annual evaluation of the nation’s colleges and universities.

The University of Chicago has a total undergraduate enrollment of 5,590 students, with a gender distribution of 52.8 percent male students and 47.2 percent female.

At Northwestern University, the total undergraduate enrollment is 8,600, with a gender distribution of 48.9 percent male students and 51.1 percent female.

In the fall of 2013, a record 21.8 million students were expected to attend American colleges and universities, constituting an increase of about 6.5 million since fall 2000, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.

Females were expected to account for the majority of college students: about 12.5 million women will attend in fall 2013, compared with 9.3 million men.

Other schools making the best-of-the-best list included Boston University, Boston; Brandeis University, Waltham, Mass.; Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah; Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland; College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Va.; Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H.; Emory University, Atlanta; Indiana University, Bloomington, Ind.; Morgan State University, Baltimore; Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio; Pepperdine University, Malibu, Calif.; Rice University, Houston; South Carolina State University, Orangeburg, S.C.; and the University of Connecticut, Storrs, Conn.

Earning a degree, however, doesn’t necessarily mean that women will earn as much as their male peers.

According to a new report by the American Association of University Women, while more education is an effective tool for increasing earnings, it is not an effective tool against the gender pay gap.

Women’s median earnings are less than men’s earnings at every level of academic achievement, according to the report, and in some cases, the gender pay gap is larger at higher levels of education. While education helps everyone, black and Hispanic women earn less than their white and Asian peers do, even when they have the same educational credentials.

The report found that in Illinois women earn $47,900, compared to $51,262 earned by men.

This can be a where the cost of living is higherThe report also found that the gender pay gap can contribute to housing that are poor and poor nutrition, especially

The gender pay gap can also impact where a woman chooses to find a place to live. For 34 percent of working mothers who are a family’s sole bread-winner, the gap can contribute to poor living conditions and poor nutrition for the family, according to the report.

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