Colleges are now dominated by women, creating an ‘education gap’ afflicting men

Feb 20, 2019 by

“I never doubted that equal rights was the right direction,” said famed women’s suffragist Alice Paul five years before her death in 1977. “Most reforms, most problems are complicated. But to me there is nothing complicated about ordinary equality.”

Yet years after Paul fought for voting equality in the early 20th Century, some American institutions have moved away from equality and tipped toward female dominance.

One of those institutions is the American college campus, where women have risen to be a majority of students and will likely soon be a majority of faculty. In 1900, only around 5,200 women received undergraduate degrees, accounting for only 19.1 percent of all such degrees conferred. After making gains in the first half of the 1900s, the proportion of women earning degrees once again plummeted after World War II, when the G.I. bill tripled the number of men earning degrees.

But in the early 1980s, shortly after Alice Paul’s death, women for the first time became a majority on college campuses, a status they never relinquished. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, 57.8 percent of all undergraduate college degrees and nearly 60 percent of all master’s degrees will be earned by women in 2018. All total, 420,000 more women than men will earn Bachelor’s, Master’s, or Doctoral degrees this year.

 

Source: Colleges are now dominated by women, creating an ‘education gap’ afflicting men – The College Fix

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