March 22, 2010

Ladies First in Education

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For the first time in U.S. history, more women than men have college degrees.

Four decades ago nearly two-thirds of all college graduates were men (64%). Today’s makeup of college campuses looks drastically different, as a majority of graduates are now women. In 2007, fully 53.5% of all graduates were women while just 46.5% were men. More women than men have some college education but not a degree as well. As a result of the sharp increase in education, women today are also earning far more income than they were in 1970. Women’s earnings grew 44% from 1970 to 2007; men’s income only grew by 6%. This has narrowed the income gap between men and women, but has far from closed it. Median earnings of full-year female workers in 2007 were 71% of earnings of comparable men, compared with 52% in 1970. Read More