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Higher Pay Not Luring U.S. Women to Technical Jobs, Study Finds

A smaller wage gap between the sexes in technical areas like science, engineering and mathematics is failing to entice more U.S. women to take jobs in those fields, according to a government study.

Women accounted for 24 percent of the workforce in the so-called STEM fields of science, technology, engineering and math in 2009, unchanged from 2000, a report from the Commerce Department’s Economics and Statistics Bureau showed today. Female employees in those areas earned 14 percent less than their male counterparts, compared with 21 percent less in other types of work, the report said.