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Here's How Women Are Being Denied The American Dream

What is the “American Dream?”

That's a difficult question to answer these days.

In the past, it was the notion that every person could create a happy, safe and prosperous life for him or herself if they worked hard enough. As James Truslow Adams, who coined the term “the American Dream,” wrote in 1931,

The American Dream is that dream of a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement.

Sounds nice.

But having a good work ethic or being skilled at something just doesn't seem to cut it anymore. Indeed, the American Dream feels dead for many people across this country, and there's a lot of evidence to support the argument that it's no longer achievable.

The Red Pin, a real estate website, analyzed the cost of living and median income levels in 74 US cities, and found “significant obstacles to obtaining the American Dream across the country.”

The analysis showed it's a lot harder to reach the American Dream if you're a woman. This isn't that surprising when you consider the gender pay gap and the fact we live in a society that gave women the right to vote less than a century ago.

Simply put, American women have always faced significant obstacles, and their male counterparts have definitely had it a lot easier.

Still, it's pretty shocking to view what it takes to obtain the American Dream, and pretty clear which groups are struggling the most in this regard.

If you want to live the American Dream today and live with a family of four, you need to be able to dish out around $3,547 per month for various expenses.

The monthly cost of the American Dream.

The Red Pin


Females across the country are not making enough money to achieve the American dream, regardless of age or race.

Women are not making enough money to achieve the American Dream

The Red Pin


You might as well kiss the American Dream goodbye if you don't have a college degree, especially if you're female.

This chart shows how difficult it is to obtain the American Dream without a college degree.

The Red Pin


If you live in places like New York, Miami and Los Angeles, the American Dream is simply not possible because of the high cost of living.

This map shows which US cities the American Dream is still possible in.

The Red Pin


Here's where you should live if you want a realistic shot at achieving the American Dream.

This chart shows the US cities where the American Dream is achievable.

The Red Pin


If you're living in New York City, you need to make almost $90,000 in addition to your actual income to afford the American Dream.

Chart shows how much money you need to make in certain cities in addition to your income to afford the American Dream.

The Red Pin


The American Dream appears to be most possible in the Southwest and Midwest in terms of the difference between yearly income and expenses.

Map shows which states the American Dream is most possible in based on the difference between income and expenses.

The Red Pin

The moral of the story here: If you want to obtain the American Dream, don't live in an expensive city, get a college degree and don't be born a woman. Easy enough, right?

All of this points to the fact the US needs to make a more concerted effort to offer equal opportunities to all people, regardless of gender or race.

Moreover, it's long past time to end the gender pay gap and offer equal pay for equal work.

The American Dream isn't a dream at all when half of the country is held back.


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John Haltiwanger

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John Haltiwanger is the Senior Politics Writer at Elite Daily. He was born and raised in DC. John earned an MSc in International Relations from the Univ. Of Glasgow and a BA in History from St. Mary's College of MD. He loves life, and burritos.
John Haltiwanger is the Senior Politics Writer at Elite Daily. He was born and raised in DC. John earned an MSc in International Relations from the Univ. Of Glasgow and a BA in History from St. Mary's College of MD. He loves life, and burritos.

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