September 21, 2016

GENDER GAP: Women earning more doctoral and master’s degrees than men.

Women earned more doctoral degrees than men in 2015 – the seventh year in a row this has occurred. They also earned more master’s degrees and outnumber men in graduate school.

Politicians who like to mislead on the gender wage gap (more accurately referred to as an “earnings” gap due to choices men and women make in their careers) will point out that women are earning more degrees but still earning less pay. To look at the charts compiled by American Enterprise Institute Scholar Mark Perry, one would see part of the reason.

Women earned more degrees than men, and made up a majority of degrees in seven out of 11 different fields. But the fields where men outnumbered women are some of the highest-paid ones, including business, engineering, mathematics and physical sciences. Women outnumbered men in majors such as arts and humanities, education and social sciences.

When these women wind up with student-debt problems, that will be the fault of the patriarchy, of course.

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