For the first time in U.S. history, women are outnumbering men in finishing college and holding advanced degrees.
The new numbers were released on Tuesday as the Census Bureau wraps up its look at the changing American landscape. While the shift is making news, in some categories the difference is still very slight.
Looking at Americans who are 25 and older, 10.6 million women earned master’s degrees compared to 10.5 million men. In terms of walking across that graduation stage, 1.5 more bachelor degrees were earned by women than men.
As the number of women in the workplace increases and the stay-at-home mom becomes a relic of the past, demographers are saying that the American women’s educational gains reflect a changing nation. But for Black women who have been experiencing this trend for years, are the new numbers just old news?
In this country, the number of Black women with college degrees outnumbers Black men 2 to 1. According to the U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, for every 250 Black women who earned Masters degrees, only 100 Black men did as well.
So while the Census shows trends that seem to have America in a buzz. Commentators find themselves asking questions we’ve been discussing for years: What does this mean for relationships, for professional interaction, for competition at the top? It seems the nation is simply flirting with a trend our community has seen and struggled with for decades now. Does Black America have any reason to be surprised?
What’s your take on the new Census numbers on women and men’s rates of earning advanced degrees? Interesting or old news?