American Women About as Educated as Men

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Apparently women are now outpacing men in higher education achievement. According to an Associated Press article by Hope Yen:

Among adults 25 and older, 29 percent of all women in the U.S. had at least a bachelor’s degree, compared with 30 percent of men, according to 2009 census figures released Tuesday. Measured by raw numbers, women already surpass men in undergraduate degrees by roughly 1.2 million.

Women also have drawn even with men in holding advanced degrees. Women represented roughly half of those in the U.S. with a master’s degree or higher, due largely to years of steady increases in women opting to pursue a medical or law degree.

At current rates, women could surpass men in total advanced degrees this year….

According to the Census Bureau, women will soon dominate (or at least constitute the majority of members of) professions like medicine, the law, and academia.

This change is due to rapid growth in the educational attainment of women in the last few decades.

Despite gains in education, women still earn less than men. According to the Institute For Women’s Policy Research, on average women earn about 80.2 percent of what men earn. The reasons for this disparity are highly debatable.

American women currently outnumber men. About 96 million adults over age 25 are men; 103 million are women.[Image via]

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Daniel Luzer

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer