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More Working Women Have College Degrees than Men

More Working Women Have College Degrees than Men

Female college graduates surpass men in the workplace.

By Kathryn Knight Randolph

April 27, 2011

The early 1980’s witnessed a major milestone for women in education. For the first time ever, females surpassed males in college enrollment. In 1996, there were more women than men who had completed a bachelor’s degree. Now, women are celebrating another huge achievement. The U.S. Census Bureau statistics reveal that more employed women than men have college degrees.

Based off of the 2010 Census Data, 37% of employed women had received a bachelor’s degree compared to 35% of men. Additionally, the Census Data shows that women surpass men in master’s degrees. Nearly 10.6 million women in the U.S. have a master’s degree, which is trailed closely by 10.5 million men with an advanced degree as well.

The Associated Press points out that “the educational gains for women are giving them greater access to a wider range of jobs, contributing to a shift of traditional gender roles at home and work.”

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While more employed women than men have college degrees, there is still a gap in pay. Women make 78.2% of what men earn; and while that is up from 64% in 2000, it still denotes a sense of male superiority in the workplace.

Other Census data figures include:

• 87% of adults 25 and older have at least a high school diploma.

• 30% of adults 25 and older have at least a bachelor’s degree.

• Women, ages 25 and older, were more likely than men to have completed at least high school.

• 36% of women, ages 25 to 29, were more likely to have at least a bachelor’s degree, compared to 28% of men.

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