More Women Earn Doctorate Degrees Than Men

Several years ago, colleges and universities saw that female students outnumbered their male counterparts. Now, that reality has made it all the way through the educational system. More women than men are earning doctorate degrees.

The Washington Post reported:

"The number of women at every level of academia has been rising for decades. Women now hold a nearly 3-to-2 majority in undergraduate and graduate education. Doctoral study was the last holdout -- the only remaining area of higher education that still had an enduring male majority.

"Of the doctoral degrees awarded in the 2008-09 academic year, 28,962 went to women and 28,469 to men, according to an annual enrollment report [PDF] from the Council of Graduate Schools, based in Washington."

But a few paragraphs later, the story said:

"Men still hold the majority of faculty and administration positions. Women earn less than men at every level of academic rank, according to the American Association of University Professors. Male faculty members earned $87,206 on average and their female counterparts made $70,600 in the 2009-10 academic year. Starting salaries for newly minted faculty members are nearly equal."
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