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October 11, 2010 7:03 PM

The Careerist: Women in Washington

Posted by Vivia Chen

So it's bland and stodgy, but D.C. is also the hot, go-to place for ambitious women. "In the metropolitan region, one in six women earned more than $100,000 last year, the second-highest ratio in the nation behind No. 1, San Jose," reports The Washington Post. That's in contrast to the nationwide statistic, where "about one in 18 women working full-time earned $100,000 or more in 2009."

Why are women vastly more successful in Washington? "The swelling ranks of well-paid women workers are largely attributable to almost three decades of growth in the number of women with the academic credentials to land good jobs. Women now outnumber men at almost every level of higher education, with three women attending college and graduate school for every two men. They get more master's degrees and more Ph.D.s. Most law school students are women, as are almost half of all medical students," reports the Post.

In other words, brains wins over brawn--and that's usually good for women, and women lawyers.

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