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For first time ever, more American women than men have Bachelor’s degrees

By WITW Staff on October 15, 2015

For the first time in American history, more women than men hold Bachelor’s degrees. While women were traditionally discouraged from seeking higher education, this has changed over the last few generations, and ever since 1981, more women than men have been earning Bachelor’s degrees. With women from an older lesser-educated generation dying and younger women now vastly outperforming men in education (in 2013 they earned 57 percent of college degrees), the demographic shift is now complete. In 2014, 32 percent of American women had earned a bachelor’s degree or higher, compared to 31.9 percent of men, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. As Vox points out, it was a long and complicated process for women to get to this point. Social changes largely explain why women caught up to men in college-attendance rates in the ‘60s and ‘70s, but why they pulled ahead is less clear-cut. The explanation they offer there is that women are more likely to cultivate behavior that allows them to succeed, which only recently started working in their advantage, as they started valuing a college education more.

Read the full story at Vox.


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