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January 10, 2007

Where women are beating men

There have been age-old economic disparities between women and men, but N.C. State University economist Mike Walden says there’s one place where the tables have been turned and women are now ahead of men: college campuses.

"There are now more women … going to college than men. And the graduation rate for women is actually now higher than it is for men," says Dr. Walden, a North Carolina Cooperative Extension specialist.

"This is the opposite of where it was 20 years ago," he adds.

Walden cites three reasons:

  • First, many experts think the financial benefits of going to college are greater for women than for men. "In other words, if the woman compares her earnings if she has a college degree compared to if she doesn’t those earnings go up more than they do for men," Walden explains.
  • Second, with the divorce rate where it is today, "some women want to have a good career to protect themselves and their children in the case they do get divorced down the road," he says.
  • And third, "and this has been an element that’s been around for a while," Walden says, "women seem to just be better students than men. They have fewer disciplinary problems, fewer distractions, and therefore they do better in school. And that is showing up in their college performance."

Posted by deeshore at January 10, 2007 08:21 AM