Men and women may be equal when it comes to the tuition they're paying, and the degree they're getting but that's where it stops. According to a study published on Wednesday by the American Association of University Women, one year after graduation women, on average, make around $7,600 less than their male counterparts. "Women working full time earned $35,296 on average, while men working full time earned $42,918," reads the report by Christianne Corbett and Catherine Hill. "These ﬁgures represent a female/male earnings ratio of 82 percent, which is slightly higher than it was in 2001 when, among the same group, women earned just 80 percent of what their male peers earned" they added, citing a similar study from the AAUW in 2007.
The AAUW study comes in the wake of a not-so-stellar (unless you're Iceland) report from the World Economic Forum on "The World Gender Gap 2012." Economic participation and education attainment were two factors the WEF looked at in making its list of the best countries for women. "Look below Nicaragua and South Africa and the Philippines, below Lesotho, Latvia and Cuba, and you’ll find America at No. 22 on the list of 135 nations the WEF says are closing the gender gap around the world," reported Megan Casserly at Forbes. "The fact [is] that the U.S. has actually fallen in the rankings over the past three years," she added.