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Women: The New Degree Holders

Updated: Oct 1, 2018

U.S. Women are dominating in going after and attaining college degrees compared to their male counterparts.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau data for 2017, women are surmounting a sizeable lead when it comes to obtaining a college education or an advanced degree.

Educational Attainment: 18-34 Years

Men seem to be falling behind in attaining a college education.

This would indicate that there will be less qualified males in the near future for jobs that would potentially hold higher pay-offs financially, career wise, and psychologically.

Story originally sited by Alexandre Tanzi

The data also show:

  • As of 2017, women between ages 18 and 24 earned more than two-thirds of all master’s degrees, meaning there were 167 women with master’s degrees for every 100 men.

  • Among professional degrees, women in the same age cohort obtained three-quarters of professional degrees and 80 percent of doctoral degrees.

  • Women between ages 25 and 34 held the majority of doctoral degrees.

  • The number of Asian women with a master’s or doctoral degree surpassed that of Asian men.

  • Women have had an advantage of earning the majority of master’s degrees in the U.S. since 1981.

Tanzi, A. (2018, August 6). U.S. Women Outpacing Men [Web log post]. Retrieved October 1, 2018, from

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