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Women Overtake Men in College Degrees

Updated: Jun 17, 2021

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According to the National Center for Education Statistics, women make up more than “56% of college students nationwide. In the 25-34 age group, 37.5% of women have a bachelor’s degree or higher, while only 29.5% of men do”.

Women earned more doctoral degrees in 2016 for the eighth consecutive year and they outnumber men in graduate school as well.

With these numbers, one would assume that women are paid equally in their chosen professions, right? Wrong! Although women have made significant strides in college degree attainment, their male college-educated peers still earn higher wages.

We earned almost 400 master’s degrees in the health sciences for every 100 men, making us a dominant force in the healthcare field. Women also earned more than 350 master’s degrees in public administration for every 100 men and more than 300 master’s degrees in education for every 100 men, according to the Council of Graduate Schools Annual Report. Despite these glaring differences in educational attainment, degreed, professional women still earn less in their fields. What’s up with that? How can we change the gender pay gap?

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