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For the First Time, Women Now Make Up a Majority of the College-Educated U.S. Workforce

For the First Time, Women Now Make Up a Majority of the College-Educated U.S. Workforce

Each year since the 1981-82 academic year, women have earned more bachelor’s degrees than men. By 2007, the number of women with a college degree surpassed the number of men with a college degree for the first time. In 2019, women now make up a majority of all workers who hold a college degree.

The Gender Gap in Educational Attainment in the United States

The Gender Gap in Educational Attainment in the United States

In 2018, 36,674,000 living men in the United States held a four-year college degree. This is 34.6 percent of all men over the age of 25. For women, 40,251,000 individuals held a four-year college degree. This was 35.3 percent of all women over the age of 25.

Academic Disciplines With Huge Gender Gaps in Doctoral Degree Awards

Academic Disciplines With Huge Gender Gaps in Doctoral Degree Awards

In 2017, women earned nearly 47 percent of all doctorates awarded by universities in the United States. But there are a significant number of disciplines where women earned less than one third of all doctorates. In contrast, there are a large number of fields in which women earned more than three quarters of all doctorates.

Ranking the States by the Percentage of Women Among Their Doctoral Degree Recipients

Ranking the States by the Percentage of Women Among Their Doctoral Degree Recipients

In Alaska, women earned 63.5 percent of all doctorates awarded in 2017. This was the highest percentage in the nation. In contrast, women earned only 30.9 percent of all doctorates awarded in South Dakota. Some 38 percent of all doctorates in the state of Utah and 38.6 percent of all doctorates earned in the state of Wyoming were earned by women in 2017.

U.S. Women Earn a Majority of All Doctoral Degree Awards But a Huge Gender Gap Persists in STEM Fields

U.S. Women Earn a Majority of All Doctoral Degree Awards But a Huge Gender Gap Persists in STEM Fields

In 2017, women earned less than a third of the doctorates in the physical sciences and less than a quarter of all doctorates in mathematics and computer science. In engineering, women earned 22.3 percent of the 8,452 doctorates awarded.

New Data on Gender Differences in Application, Admission, Enrollment, and  Graduation Rates

New Data on Gender Differences in Application, Admission, Enrollment, and Graduation Rates

The report showed that for women who entered four-year institutions in 2011 seeking bachelor’s degrees, 63 percent earned their degree by 2017. For men who began college in 2011 seeking a bachelor’s degree at a four-year institution, 57.3 percent graduated by 2017.

The Large Gender Gap in Degree Attainments in the United States

The Large Gender Gap in Degree Attainments in the United States

During the 2016-17 academic year, women earned nearly 2 million degree awards at four-year U.S. postsecondary educational institutions. Women earned 57.3 percent of all bachelor’s degrees, 59.4 percent of all master’s degrees, and 50.3 percent of all research doctorates.

The Large Gender Gap in Awards of Degrees and Certificates

The Large Gender Gap in Awards of Degrees and Certificates

During the 2016-17 academic year, women earned 60.8 percent of all associate’s degrees, 57.3 percent of all bachelor’s degrees, and 59.4 percent of all master’s degrees awarded by Title IV educational institutions in the United States.

Brandy Gunsolus Is the First Holder of a Doctor of Clinical Laboratory Science Degree

Brandy Gunsolus Is the First Holder of a Doctor of Clinical Laboratory Science Degree

Rutgers University launched the new degree program in 2014 to address an ongoing need for greater accuracy and cost efficiency in laboratory testing. It is the first doctoral program in the field at any university in the nation and Dr. Gunsolus is its first graduate.

Academic Disciplines With Huge Gender Gaps in Doctoral Degree Awards

Academic Disciplines With Huge Gender Gaps in Doctoral Degree Awards

In 2016, women earned 46 percent of all doctorates awarded by universities in the United States. But there are a significant number of disciplines where women earned less than one third of all doctorates. In contrast, there are a large number of fields in which women earned more than three quarters of all doctorates.

The Nationwide Gender Gap in College Graduation Rates

The Nationwide Gender Gap in College Graduation Rates

NCAA Division I Colleges and universities showed an overall student graduation rate of 66 percent. 68 percent of all women who entered college in 2010 earned their degrees within six years compared to 63 percent of men. The gender gap was much larger for student athletes.

The Significant Gender Gap in Degree Attainments in the United States

The Significant Gender Gap in Degree Attainments in the United States

During the 2015-16 academic year, women earned 2,855,581 degrees and certificates at degree-granting institutions in the United States. For men the figure was 2,036,307. Thus, women won 58.4 percent of all awards. Women also won a majority of all research-oriented doctorates.

The Gender Gap in Educational Attainment in the United States

The Gender Gap in Educational Attainment in the United States

In 2017, 35,112,000 living men in the United States held a four-year college degree. This is 33.7 percent of all men over the age of 25. For women, 38,992,000 individuals held a four-year college degree. This was 36.4 percent of all women over the age of 25.

New Survey Examines Barriers to Women Dropouts Returning to College to Earn Their Degrees

New Survey Examines Barriers to Women Dropouts Returning to College to Earn Their Degrees

A new study published by the American Women’s College at Bay Path University in Longmeadow, Massachusetts, reveals that 76 million adult women in the United States do not have a bachelor’s degree. Many of those 76 million women had started their educational journey, but were unable to graduate as a result of various life factors.

The First Person to Earn a Ph.D. in Physics in the State of South Dakota

The First Person to Earn a Ph.D. in Physics in the State of South Dakota

Wenzhao Wei is not only the first woman, but the first person, to earn a Ph.D. in physics in the state of South Dakota. She earned her degree in the joint program of the University of South Dakota and the South Dakota School of Mining and Technology.

The Gender Gap in Graduate Degree Awards Varies Greatly by Particular Discipline

The Gender Gap in Graduate Degree Awards Varies Greatly by Particular Discipline

Women made up more than three quarters of all master’s degree recipients in education, public administration, and the health sciences. However women were less than one third of all master’s degree recipients in engineering and mathematics and computer science. There were similar gender gaps in doctoral awards.

Women Are Making Progress at Schools With Large Numbers of STEM Graduates

Women Are Making Progress at Schools With Large Numbers of STEM Graduates

A new study by the labor market analytics firm Emsi and published in The Wall Street Journal finds that at nine of the 10 universities with the largest number of degree earners in STEM fields, women made gains from 2012 to 2016. At six of these 10 schools women earned at least one third of all STEM degrees.

The Gender Gap Among Degree Recipients in Humanities Disciplines

The Gender Gap Among Degree Recipients in Humanities Disciplines

The American Academy of Arts and Sciences finds that in 2015, women earned 61.7 percent of all associate’s degrees in humanities fields. The percentage of women among associate’s degree recipients in the humanities has remained largely unchanged since 1989. Women also made up 61 percent of all recipients of bachelor’s degrees in the humanities.

Examining the Gender Gap in Bachelor Degree Awards in Various Disciplines

Examining the Gender Gap in Bachelor Degree Awards in Various Disciplines

A new study by the American Enterprise Institute found that that women make up a huge percentage of all degree earners in some fields and very few in others. For example, women made up 87 percent of all bachelor’s degree earners in the field of family and consumer sciences but only 18 percent in computer science.

New Report Shows That Women Lead Men at All Levels of Degree Attainment

New Report Shows That Women Lead Men at All Levels of Degree Attainment

In the 2015-16 academic year, women earned 58 percent of all degrees from four-year institutions and 57.7 percent of all degrees from two-year institutions. Women earned 59.2 percent of all master’s degrees. Women held a slight lead in research doctorates and a much larger lead in professional practice doctorates.

The Gender Gap in Degree Awards in the Sciences and Engineering

The Gender Gap in Degree Awards in the Sciences and Engineering

In 2016, 13 percent of all degrees earned by women were in the natural sciences or engineering, compared to 28 percent for men. Thus, men were more than twice as likely as women to earn bachelor’s degrees in these fields. As we move up the educational ladder, the gender gap increases.

The Gender Gap in College Graduation Rates

The Gender Gap in College Graduation Rates

If we look at all four-year educational institutions, we find that 62.1 percent of women who entered these institutions in 2009 seeking a bachelor’s degree earned their degree within six years. For men seeking bachelor’s degrees, the graduation rate was 56.2 percent.

Ranking the States by the Percentage of Women Among Their Doctoral Degree Recipients

Ranking the States by the Percentage of Women Among Their Doctoral Degree Recipients

In Minnesota, women earned 54.6 percent of all doctorates awarded in 2015. This was the highest percentage in the nation. Maine ranked second and the District of Columbia ranked third. The only other states where women earned more doctorates than men were Mississippi and North Dakota.

Academic Disciplines With Huge Gender Gaps in Doctoral Degree Awards

Academic Disciplines With Huge Gender Gaps in Doctoral Degree Awards

In 2015, women earned 46.2 percent of all doctorates awarded by universities in the United States. But there are a significant number of disciplines where women earned less than one third of all doctorates. In contrast, there are a large number of fields in which women earned more than three quarters of all doctorates.

The Nationwide Gender Gap in College Graduation Rates

The Nationwide Gender Gap in College Graduation Rates

For all students who enrolled in bachelor’s degree programs at the nation’s largest four-year colleges and universities in 2009, 66 percent earned their degrees by 2015. When we break the figures down by gender, we see that 68 percent of women earned their degrees within six years compared to 63 percent of men.

The Gender Gap in Doctoral Degree Awards

The Gender Gap in Doctoral Degree Awards

In 2015, women earned 46.1 percent of all doctoral degrees awarded by American universities. But, if we restrict the data to U.S. citizens and permanent residents of this country, we find that 17,872 women earned doctorates. This is nearly 51 percent of all doctoral recipients among U.S. citizens and permanent residents.

New Report From The College Board Examines the Gender Gap in Educational Attainment and Earnings

New Report From The College Board Examines the Gender Gap in Educational Attainment and Earnings

Despite gains for women in college enrollments and degree attainments, a new report from The College Board shows that the gender gap in earnings prevails at all educational attainment levels. For example, for men and women who held professional degrees, the median income for men in 2015 was $131,200 compared to $82,500 for women.

The First Graduates of Duke University's Women's Health Nurse Practitioner Program

The First Graduates of Duke University’s Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner Program

Students can earn a master’s degree in nursing or a post-master’s certificate for students interested in specializing in women’s health.

Sisters Earn the First Two Doctorates in Educational Leadership at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette

Sisters Earn the First Two Doctorates in Educational Leadership at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette

Both recipients of the doctoral degrees in educational leadership in higher education are employees of the university. Both are in their 60s and they are sisters.

A Look at Gender Differences in Graduate Enrollments and Degree Attainments

A Look at Gender Differences in Graduate Enrollments and Degree Attainments

Women continue to hold a majority of all places at U.S. graduate schools. While women earn a majority of all master’s and doctoral degrees, there remains a huge gender gap in favor of men in many STEM disciplines.

New Data on Women's Enrollments and Degree Awards in Higher Education

New Data on Women’s Enrollments and Degree Awards in Higher Education

The data shows that in the 2014-15 academic year, there were 15,558,768 women enrolled at degree-granting institutions in the United States. They made up 56.8 percent of the total enrollments in higher education.

The U.S. Medical Schools That Graduate the Highest Number of Women

The U.S. Medical Schools That Graduate the Highest Number of Women

During the 2014-15 academic year, the University of Illinois issued medial degrees to 156 women, the most of any medical school in the United States. At many high ranking-medical schools, women graduates outnumbered men.

Large Universities Where a High Percentage of Women Earn Degrees in STEM Fields

Large Universities Where a High Percentage of Women Earn Degrees in STEM Fields

Nationwide, 7 percent of all women and 17 percent of all men earn their bachelor’s degrees in STEM fields. At the University of California, San Diego, 32.7 percent of all women graduates earn their degree in a STEM field, the highest rate among the nation’s 100 largest universities.

Tracking the Progress of American Women in Degree Attainments

Tracking the Progress of American Women in Degree Attainments

While the percentage of all bachelor’s degrees awarded to women remained essentially unchanged, women increased their share of associate’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees. The most impressive gains were in doctoral degrees.

Twin Sisters Graduate in Top Two Spots at Trinity College in Connecticut

Twin Sisters Graduate in Top Two Spots at Trinity College in Connecticut

Jami R. Gogswell, the valedictorian, was a double major in mathematics and classical studies with a minor in Latin. Her sister Darcy majored in classical studies and minored in history.