At colleges, women are leaving men in the dust, says Tamar Lewin of The New York Times. Women are attending and receiving degrees from colleges at a pace exceeding men. More and more women are attending college due to the change from typically working in the home to having a career. Women are becoming a more powerful force at college and in the workplace.
Since the women’s rights movement in the 1960s and 1970s women are provided with new opportunities and advancement.
Women now have rights, and voices, and with that comes power. Since the 19th amendment was passed, giving women the right to vote, their power has grown to a place many never saw coming.
According to the National Center for Education Statistics between 1999 and 2009 college enrollment increased by 38 percent from 14.8 million to 20.4 million, over that time span the number of enrolled females rose by 40 percent while male enrollment plateaued at 35 percent. They expect by 2013, 57 percent of undergraduates will be females.
Not only are women outnumbering men at college and in the workplace but they are also exceeding them academically as well. The Department of Education Statistics has found men are less likely to get their bachelors degree. They also found that men get worse grades than women.
Here at Bloomsburg University males make up 40 percent of the student body, where females make up 60 percent. The females here seem to work harder for their degrees. “We are more dedicated because we know making it in the real world could be more difficult, says senior Lauren Myers.