Census Bureau Reports Nearly 6 in 10 Advanced Degree Holders Age 25-29 Are Women

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
TUESDAY, APRIL 20, 2010

Just released, within days of “Equal Pay Day”, is this Census report on educational attainment of women. It’s amazing the predictions and assumptions noted in the opening paragraph:

The U.S. Census Bureau reported today more women than men are expected to occupy professions such as doctors, lawyers and college professors as they represent approximately 58 percent of young adults, age 25 to 29, who hold an advanced degree. In addition, among all adults 25 and older, more women than men had high school diplomas and bachelor’s degrees.

4 out of 10 men still have these advanced degrees. Looking at the statistical measure of which gender currently holds jobs in academia or finance or professional position, the male dominates to a great degree. “Diversity Programs” abound in unversities and workplaces and so does tokenism. Statistics are interesting but unless they actually hit the ground, they are speculation.

Candidates are hired not only because of paper credential but many times because of other reasons. Of course, if this hypothesis turns out to be true and women can come anywhere near parity with men, it would be a great day in America. Women’s voices would be heard. I do wonder if workplaces look forward to this day because they know they can offer women less money and they’ll accept it. Thus it may affect their bottom line. I wonder what they would do with that extra money????

The next paragraph I actually did take heart after reading:

The tabulations, Educational Attainment in the United States: 2009, showed that among people in the 25-29 age group, 9 percent of women and 6 percent of men held either a master’s, professional (such as law or medical) or doctoral degree. This holds true for white, black and Hispanic women. Among Asian men and women of this age group, there was no statistical difference. (emphasis mine)

Hear, hear! You go, girls.

See the press release with additional links to ither very interesting information here:

http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/education/014731.html

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