Monday, April 11, 2011

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?


At 4/11/2011 11:14 AM, Blogger Buddy R Pacifico said...

From the BLS "American Young Adults at 23" cited by Dr. Perry:

For high school dropouts, 44.4% of women and 22.5% of men were not in the labor force.

For bachelor's degree or higher, only 7.1% of women and 6.6% of men were not in the labor force.

The cultural chasm, between women who are high school dropouts and those who are college graduates, is immense.

At 4/11/2011 6:26 PM, Blogger Bruce Hall said...

There is a gender bias....

Teachers are predominantly female who are most comfortable teaching in a manner that most females find conducive to learning.

At 4/11/2011 9:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Eh, who cares, college degrees are worthless and are about to be obsoleted altogether. Several of my male peers during my engineering undergrad dropped out to catch onto the wave and they're all doing well in tech these days, with some having cashed out as millionaires. That's the leading edge of a trend that is about to sweep through the market and destroy the university.

At 4/12/2011 6:20 AM, Blogger geoih said...

"Wouldn't the principles of fairness and gender equity suggest equal treatment and the creation of Councils for both genders?"



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