Women Now Lead Men in College Attainment

October 14, 2015

For the first time in the 75 years that the U.S. Census Bureau has tracked college attainment, women are more likely than men to have a bachelor's degree. The shift has been going on for years, but women took the lead in 2014. In that year, 30.2 percent of women aged 25 and older had a bachelor's degree, compared to 29.9 percent of men. When the Census Bureau started collecting this information in 1940, 5.5 percent of men and 3.8 percent of women had bachelor's degrees, which the bureau notes seems like a small gap, but which would have required a 45 percent increase in women's college attainment to achieve equity.

The graph below shows the recent gains for women.

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