Report: Women with College Degrees are Still Making Less Than Men


The current report coming from the White House Council of Economic Advisers states that more women are graduating college with advanced degrees, but are still subject to less pay. According to the report more women are attending graduate school than men as well.

The Economic Advisers report also shows that in 2013 women between the ages of 25 to 34 were 21% more likely to earn a graduate degree and over 48% women in that same age range were said to earn doctorate degree. We can also see that men in their late 30’s with doctorate degrees are said to make over 50% more than women with the same educational credentials.

Research performed by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, further supports the data gathered from the White House Council of Economic Advisers report. Their research shows that in 2013, women that held full time jobs only made 78 cents for every dollar that was made by a man. The discrepency between earnings resulted in a 22% wage gap.

The number of female students enrolling in college and graduating began to outnumber the amount of men in the same position in 1994. In 1994 63% of new female high school graduates would jump into attending the very next semester. That same year, male students followed closely behind with 61% entering college. The same data collected from the Pew Research Center in 2012 shows a shift to 71% of new female graduates entering into a college program while the number of male graduates remained the same.

The upsurge in females pursuing higher education is thought to be spurred by social changes and the acceptance of women having their own careers according a University of West Florida senior. He also goes on to say, “The workplace is having an issue adapting to more women joining. Same education level, same background and work history, it should be equal pay.”

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