Huge Gender Gaps in Educational Attainment
From a BLS report released in February on "America's Young Adults at Age 23":
"At age 23, there is a clear gender gap in educational attainment. While nearly 1 in 4 women had earned a bachelor’s degree by the October when they were age 23, only 1 in 7 men had done so (see chart above). Additionally, the same percentage of men and women, 16 percent, were enrolled in college at age 23, so it is unlikely the gap in educational attainment will close in the next few years."
In other words, at age 23 there are 164 women earning a college degree for every 100 men. At age 22, there is an even greater gender college degree gap: 12.7% of women earn a bachelor's degree compared to only 6.7% of men at age 22, which is a ratio of 187 women earning a college degree by age 22 for every 100 men.
Interestingly, there is now a proposal for President Obama to create a White House Council on Boys and Men, to address the "nationwide crisis of boys and men that already exists" including the huge gender gaps in educational attainment illustrated above.
In March of 2009 President Obama signed an executive order to create the White House Council on Women and Girls "to ensure that each of the agencies in which they're charged takes into account the needs of women and girls in the policies they draft, the programs they create, the legislation they support" and that the true purpose of our government is "to ensure that in America, all things are still possible for all people."
Wouldn't the principles of fairness and gender equity suggest equal treatment and the creation of Councils for both genders?