Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Advanced Degrees: 139 Women for Every 100 Men

The graph above is based on college degree data that were released today by the Census Bureau, showing college degrees for the age group 25-29 years old. According to the press release:

"The U.S. Census Bureau reported today more women than men are expected to occupy professions such as doctors, lawyers and college professors as they represent approximately 58 percent of young adults, age 25 to 29, who hold an advanced degree."

In other words, 139 women in the 25-29 year old group hold an advanced degree for every 100 men in that age group, and women dominate men for all advanced degrees: Master's, Professional (MD, DDS and JD), and Doctor's (Ph.D.).

Note: These are actual numbers based on actual data and empirical evidence about gender differences, in contrast to Equal Pay Day.


At 4/21/2010 6:41 PM, Anonymous M Stack said...

Years ago, I read an article predicting this trend. The author concluded that the increase in female students, would diminish the value of a degree. Consequently, men would forgo an education and blue collar work would increase in financial value and status . While this opinion may apply to certain degrees, It would seem to have no impact on medicine, law or engineering. It is unfair to denigrate the equal pay argument, without discussing how The National Committee on Pay Equity attain their figures. Unquestionably, career choice in private/public sector, motherhood, and yes, even that glass ceiling, are still factors in advancement and pay equity.


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