The Washington Post reported that for the first time women have outpaced men in earning both advanced and bachelor’s degrees, which corresponds with the decline of women staying home and the rise of women in the workplace.
According to numbers released by the Census Bureau, among women 25 and older 10.6 million women have master’s degrees or higher in the United States. In the same age bracket, the number of men with advanced degrees is 10.5 million.
In terms of bachelor’s degrees, 20.1 million women compared to 18.7 million men earned these degrees. Women first passed men in bachelor’s degrees in 1996.
What does this added education mean for women? There are several positive implications. The first is that women will be better prepared to weather a recession. The second is that it may lead to more men staying at home to raise families or to allow parents to equally share in child-rearing—one of Vision 2020’s National Goals.
Unfortunately there are two elements this article doesn’t mention: in what fields are these advanced degrees being earned and are these women holding advanced degrees being compensated fairly.