College degrees awarded to men and women – from MRA London

The above chart comes from Professor Mark J. Perry’s Economics & Finance blog Carpe Diem, where he writes:

It’s  now official: Women  dominate men at every level of higher education,  in terms of degrees  conferred. Here’s the breakdown for graduates of  the class of 2009:

Associate’s Degrees: 167 women for every 100 men
Bachelor’s Degrees: 142 women for every 100 men.

Master’s Degrees: 159 women for every 100 men.

Professional Degrees: 104 women for every 100 men.

Doctoral Degrees: 107 women for every 100 men.
In  fact, the last time men had  more degrees than women at any level was  the Class of 2006, which had  slightly more men than women for both  Professional and Doctoral  degrees. For the other levels, it hasn’t been  even close for decades.  The last year that men earned more Master’s  degrees than women was  1984-1985, for Bachelor’s degrees it was the  Class of 1981, and for  Associates degrees it was 1976-1977 when men  earned more degrees than  women.

The full U.S Department of Education figures are available here, please take the time to give them a look:
There  are two things that immediately leap out at me from this: First of all,  it’s somewhat surprising to find that even as far back as 1869,  something like 1-in-6 Bachelor’s degrees were being received by women in  America – a relatively small number, admittedly, but higher than I  would have expected from that time. The popular image we generally  receive is that pretty much until the 1970s all women were forcibly kept  away from any kind of higher education. But that seems not to be the  case: even by the 1920’s – i.e. even before American women “Got The  Vote” – more than half  as many women as men were leaving colleges with  degrees, & that percentage rose every year up until the end of  the 1970s, when it became equal.
And that’s the other  thing that surprised me: just how long the present-day inequality has  been going on: Women began to outnumber men from the beginning of the 1980s onwards. And this gap has increased every year up until the present & beyond.
Men  are now in a worse place educationally than women were before the  1970s. Clearly something is very wrong with either the teaching methods  used or the environment they are used in. Or perhaps there is simply  discrimination at work?
Why are boys failing at school? Why are young men dropping out of college? And why does no-one care?
This is yet another pretty damning refutation of the belief that feminism is, or ever has been, ‘about equality’. If feminism were truly ‘About Equality’ then it would necessarily be the duty of every  self-proclaimed feminist to speak out at every opportunity against this  disparity, to drop whatever else they’re doing & devote their  time & energy to this injustice until those numbers are equal  again.
And anyone who believed in ‘equality’ would surely have to agree.
I mean, that’s obvious.
To everyone.
Isn’t it?
This article originally appears at


About Mike Buchanan

I'm a men's human rights advocate, writer, and publisher. My primary focus is leading the political party I launched in 2013, Justice for Men & Boys (and the women who love them). I still work actively on two campaigns I launched in early 2012, Campaign for Merit in Business and the Anti-Feminism League. In 2014 I launched The Alternative Sexism Project, aiming to raise public understanding that the sexism faced by men and boys has far more grievous consequences than the sexism faced by women and girls.
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