Power to the female people

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Increasing success in their careers means women have more of their own money to spend-not just their husbands' income as in the distant past, according to Peter Francese, demographic trends analyst for Ogilvy & Mather, New York.

By the numbers:

* There are more than 110 million women 20 or older in the U.S., vs. 104 million men

* Women account for 47% of all workers, filling 51% of jobs in the higher-paying "management, professional and related occupations"

* Of 27.2 million married women with children under age 18, 71% are in the work force

* Women are the heads of 30% of all U.S. households, exercising total control of those finances

* The number of women under 65 who earn more than $75,000 annually has doubled from 1.9 million in 2000 to 3.8 million in 2005

* Women outnumber men almost 2-to-1 among the 40% of undergraduates 25 or older

Sources: Peter Francese, U.S. Census Bureau, American Council on Education
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