I developed an interest in education when my children entered the public school system.
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
The gender divide for PhDs
The gender divide in geography and history was the subject of this post, with middle school boys trouncing girls in the National Geographic Bee. Now I learn that women obtained 42% of the PhDs in history in 2009. That compares to 34% in 1989 and 40% in 1999. For all disciplines combined, women earned 43% of all doctorates in 1999 and 47% in 2009. This trend is consistent with the relative decline of men in most measures of academic achievement.
Percentage of Ph.Ds awarded in the U.S. to Women in 2009, Selected Disciplines