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New Orleans Ranks as One of the Best Cities for Women in Tech

Fresh on the heels of the Institute for Women’s Policy Research’s projections that Louisiana will have a gender wage gap into the 22nd century, some good news was released this week for all the girl bosses and professional women in our city. A new study by SmartAsset ranked New Orleans as the fifth best city in the U.S. for “Women in Tech.” 


According to their research, the pay gap between male and female tech professionals (that is, people who are employed in math and computer-related positions) is statistically nonexistent. StudyAsset noted a 99.8 percent gender pay gap, with a 0.2 percent difference of payment. 


Also promising is the fact that the number of women employed in tech jobs is high above the national average. 34.6 percent of tech jobs are filled by New Orleanian women — compare that to the 26.2 percent national average. New Orleans was only beaten out by Indianapolis, IN; Baltimore, MD; Kansas City, MO; and top place winner Washington D.C. in this nationwide ranking. 


SmartAsset also ranked the Crescent City as the study's victor for statistical growth in the tech industry nationwide. Researchers noted that between 2012 and 2015, the number of tech jobs grew 32 percent in the Greater New Orleans Metropolitan area. NOLA's margin of growth is the largest four-year change in tech employment documented in America. 

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