Living skyscraper concept is straight out of J.R.R. Tolkien’s dreams
Our greatest cities could see massive tree-like structures rising amidst their skyscrapers one day. Teeming with life, these vertical gardens could provide both food and a bit of green space for city folk. These enormous vertical farms could be the self-sustaining hearts of their host cities. They’ll scrub the air clean, purify local water and produce renewable energy. They’ll be so wonderful that it’ll almost be like living in Lothlorien.
More from Betsey Stevenson on I Love Charts: Read her take on the wage gap between men and women, and how it’s changed since the 1970s.
Ok, let’s get back to wages.
The earnings gap between men and women still exists today, but since the 1970’s:
- Women’s hourly earnings have grown more quickly than men’s, following a similar trend to GDP growth.
- Growth in median family income has largely come from increases in women’s earnings, rather than from men’s earnings.
- Earnings for both married and single mothers increased by about 33%.
- Married mothers’ contributions to total family income increased from less than one-third to about 40%.
In other words, women are bringing home more of the bacon, but we still have more work to do to ensure equal pay for equal work.