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Mar 29, 2012 2:17 PM by Associated Press (SR)

Analysis shows Calif. women lag behind men

LOS ANGELES (AP) - An analysis on how women are faring in California shows there have been achievements in some areas but they still lag behind men in leadership roles and earning power.

The Mount St. Mary's College analysis released Thursday shows women earn college degrees at a higher rate than men, but far fewer women get degrees in engineering, math or computer-related fields.

The gender gap in advanced math and science is attributed to different preparation and course-taking patterns in high school and college.

The Los Angeles Times says it may be the first attempt at a comprehensive look at the status of California women based on poverty, education, employment, leadership, and mental and physical health.

Faculty, staff and students compiled data from U.S. Census data and information from state agencies.

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