Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Another Educational Milestone for Women: They Now Hold More Total Graduate Degrees Than Men

The Census Bureau released its annual report today on educational attainment in the United States for 2010 (here's the press release, here are the tables). In another educational milestone for women, they now hold more advanced degrees (Master's, Professional [medical, law and dental] and Doctoral) than men for the first time in history (see chart above).  

A decade ago, 55.4% of all advanced degrees were held by men and 45.6% by women, meaning that there were 124 men with advanced degrees for every 100 women.  But over the last ten years, the number of advanced degrees earned by women increased by 58%, or more than twice the 26% increase for men.  That disproportionately large increase in women earning graduate degrees since 2000 brought the total number of female advanced degree holders in 2010 to 10,685,000 surpassing the number of men holding graduate degrees (10,562,000) for the first time ever.  

Here's an AP story on today's Census Bureau release, and I'll have another post shortly about some other highlights of the report.  

Update: The numbers quoted in the original post were off by 1,000, and those errors have been corrected and appear in bold above.

7 Comments:

At 4/26/2011 8:57 PM, Blogger Hydra said...

Cool. Maybe I can find a woman who can support me in the manner to which I would like to be accustomed.

 
At 4/27/2011 6:37 AM, Blogger Frozen in the North said...

In Law schools and medical schools across the nation, the starting class are often 65/70% women now. Even in engineering the number of women has exploded where they now represent nearly 40% of the intake. Women have proven to be better student and males have been quiting school -- it has become a problem (the boys quitting that is).

 
At 4/27/2011 8:20 AM, Blogger Caveat Bettor said...

I think one factor driving this is that school is increasingly feminized. Girls are more relational and communicative; boys are more competitive and active. Who will get better grades, based only on gender differences? Most students who are medicated because of school requests are boys. Most teachers, administrators and curricula developers are women. The NYC standard 'TERC' (i.e. fuzzy) math curricula is not being pushed by men who have higher standards. Compare the more successful 'Singapore math', where the students must perform 'sprints', and everyone knows what everyone else scored? This is done in part because it secretes adrenaline, which helps deepen learning processes. But of course, we can't have that because it threatens the feminist agenda.

 
At 4/27/2011 8:21 AM, Blogger juandos said...

Yeah so women hold more degrees then men...

Question is, are they useful degrees?

Let's not forget what the letters in Phd stand for and its especially true in some fields more than others...

 
At 4/27/2011 3:36 PM, Blogger Ron H. said...

"Yeah so women hold more degrees then men...

Question is, are they useful degrees?
"

Yeah! Those women might have more degrees than us guys, but ours are better. :-)

 
At 4/29/2011 1:56 AM, OpenID Sprewell said...

I thought those numbers sounded low, check the links, Prof. Perry, you're off by a factor of thousand. I began to think maybe those degrees are a highly exclusive club, but nah, there's millions of them.

 
At 4/29/2011 6:47 AM, Blogger Mark J. Perry said...

Sprewell: Thanks for noticing that, the post and graph are fixed now.

 

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