College-educated women in New Jersey earn 66 cents for every dollar earned by similarly educated men, the second-largest pay gap in the nation after Louisiana. Nationally, college-educated women average 69 cents on the dollar.
And in case you were thinking it’s all because of parenting, think again. A study by the American Association of University Women found that the gap appears right after college, when women are not compensated for superior academic performance when compared to their male peers.
Only one year into their careers, women’s paychecks shrink to 80 percent of those brought home by their male counterparts.