By Stephanie Roman

Many of the roughly 2.9 million Millennials in Pennsylvania are putting off marriage, children and homeownership in favor of first pursuing college degrees and careers, which represents not only changing goals but also a need to pay off immense college expenses.

The social tendencies of today’s 18- to 34-year-olds appear to be chipping away at the longstanding gender wage gap, according to some academics and business leaders.

While all Pennsylvania women, on average, make only 76 cents on the dollar compared with  men performing the same job, Millennial women in the state and the nation do better at 86 cents on the dollar, according to 2011 to 2013 Census data analyzed by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research.

U.S. women in general earn about 79 cents to a man’s dollar, according to the institute, based in Washington, D.C.

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