The stereotypically recognized belief that men should strive to be well educated and women must remain uneducated has not held up in the United States since 1981.
In 1981 gender equality was established in regard to higher education, allowing women seeking to continue their education a chance at earning a college degree.
However, though men and women are equally eligible for opportunities in higher education, for nearly 30 years women have earned the majority of all college degrees.
According to economics and finance journalist, Mark J. Perry, for every 100 men earning a college degree, about 140 women earn a similar degree at the same level. This means that women are earning about 58.3 percent of all college degrees in America.
If women were earning less than 50 percent of college degrees, the women’s rights movements and feminist groups would be up in arms insisting that it was a result of sexism and discrimination.
While 58 percent may be excellent news for the women’s rights movement individuals looking for equality of opportunity between the sexes might see this as a step backwards.
Any outcome that is not 50 percent in favor of men and 50 percent in favor of women cannot truly be considered equality. Men are earning only 42 percent of all college degrees and are now considered the minority.
One could very easily argue that a “gender gap” in continued education not only exists, but it has been shifted in the favor of women.
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