College Gender Gap: Women Earn More Degrees AND Get Special Treatment
Men may make more money than women on average, but women earn more college degrees, and have done so since 1982. Even so, the 177 women's centers on American college campuses show no sign of closing. Ostensibly pushing for "gender equity," these centers seem to have achieved their purpose. If they continue to advocate for women over men, that becomes discrimination.
According to the Department of Education, women in the Class of 2017 earned 141 college degrees at all levels for every 100 men (up from 139 last year), leaving a 659,000 college degree gap (up from 610,000 last year). But despite this growing degree gap, there are at least 177 women's centers still operating on college campuses across the country, some receiving public funding, with the stated goals of "promoting (or advocating) gender equity" and promoting "women's success."
The American Enterprise Institute (AEI)'s Mark Perry broke down the numbers — and the hypocrisy. This May, women earned 164 associates degrees for every 100 degrees men earned (up from 154:100 last year). They also earned 135 bachelor's degrees for every 100 degrees earned by men, 140 master's degrees for every 100 male degrees, and 109 doctoral degrees for every 100 earned by men.
Women overtook men step by step over the past 39 years. In 1978, they took the majority of associate's degrees for the first time. The bachelor's degrees majority went female in 1982, with master's degrees following in 1987. Since 2007, women have also earned more doctoral degrees than men.
Finally, the gender disparity is only expected to increase. By 2026, women are projected to earn 150 college degrees for every 100 degrees earned by men, and the gap increases for associate's degrees (187 women for every 100 men) and master's degrees (140 women for every 100 men).
As Perry noted, men are now the "second sex" in higher education. But it also gets worse. Women aren't just the majority of degree-earners, they also receive special treatment as if they were the struggling minority.
The University of Minnesota Women’s Center aims to "advance gender equity," by educating and inspiring "feminist leaders." The University of Virginia Women's Center (founded in 1989 — seven years after women gained the majority of bachelor's degrees for the first time) aims to provide "programs and services that advocate gender equity."
The Women's Center at Duke University exists to help "every woman at Duke become self-assured with a kind of streetwise savvy that comes from actively engaging with the world. We welcome men and women alike who are committed to gender equity and social change." What about increasing the number of men who get college degrees? Is that kind of "social change" welcome?