Why Denver Is Good for Working Mothers

July 29 2010, 12:10 PM
Job opportunities, high earnings potential, and cost of living are all factors in ForbesWoman's selection of great cities for working moms. So are employment rates, average weekly earnings for women, and even access to health care. While Minnesota's twin cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul top the list, and Las Vegas is at the bottom, Denver comes in at a respectable sixth place (rising from 10th place last year). Of the six categories used in the rankings, Denver's highest is number nine (of 50) for its comparatively low crime rate (via the Denver Business Journal). Denver's lowest ranking is number 27 for its cost of living, helping Washington, Boston, Pittsburgh, and Baltimore all edge out the Mile High City in the overall rankings. Meanwhile, Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, a Democrat from Connecticut, notes in an op-ed for The Hill that women "still only make 77 cents on the dollar as compared to men. Looking closer, one finds that African-American women make just 68 cents on the dollar, and Hispanic women only make 59 cents." She calls on the U.S. Senate to pass legislation that would require employers to show such disparities in pay are not sex-based, but job-related and necessary.