Income gap? Democrats need to update, but won't--they need the women's vote. Census data from 2008--6 years ago--show that single, childless women in their 20s now [then] earn 8 percent more on average than their male counterparts in metropolitan areas. In some metropolitan areas such as Atlanta and LA they might earn as much as 12-20% more. When all variables are taken into consideration--age, marital status, career choice, location, education--many women do better than men. This also means well educated, successful women are probably marrying the same type of man, and living in households that will contribute to an even larger gap, because the key for women is marriage and education, whatever your color or job.
Between 2006 and 2008, 32.7% of women between 25 and 34 had a bachelor's degree or higher, compared with 25.8% of men, according to the Census.