The Rise of Professional Women

Women now outpace men in every type of postsecondary degree conferred

Feb. 25, 2014, 12:25 a.m.

Wo­men have out­paced men in the num­ber of post­sec­ond­ary de­grees con­ferred for dec­ades. In 2010, wo­men star­ted to sur­pass men in at­tain­ment of de­grees high­er than a bach­el­or’s de­gree. That same year, wo­men be­came the ma­jor­ity of Amer­ic­an work­ers.

The in­crease in the num­ber of wo­men go­ing to col­lege has helped nar­row the gender pay gap, ac­cord­ing to re­search from the Pew Re­search Cen­ter. And it has re­arranged gender norms as well. Ac­cord­ing to a Pew ana­lys­is of census data, 21 per­cent of mar­ried wo­men in 2012 had hus­bands who were less edu­cated than they were.

Wo­men of all races and eth­ni­cit­ies are more likely to pur­sue edu­ca­tion bey­ond a bach­el­or’s de­gree than ever. Na­tion­al Journ­al ana­lyzed fed­er­al census data to get a bet­ter sense of the trend.


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