Women Earned More Doctoral Degrees than Men in 2008-2009

I was making coffee this morning in my kitchen when NPR announced that a study showed that Women are starting to earn more doctoral degrees than men (we earned 50.4%). This doesn’t really surprise me, when I joined graduate school it felt like it was a pretty equal guy to girl ratio.

I think the fact that now its proven that we are able to receive the same number of higher degrees as men is great and a huge step for women rights, but then I still wonder why there is a discrepancy in women that hold faculty positions? Is this about to change next? I hope so. Either way take a peek at the article in the huffington post.

If you want to read more about the Status of Women in faculty positions check out this site by NCBI where I pulled the above stats from.
The NPR and Huffington Post news report also made me pretty happy because only a couple of years ago there was a comment  reported that “innate differences in sex may explain why fewer women succeed in science and math careers” by a  Harvard University President back in 2005. I wonder what the percent of woman PhD’s out of Harvard was in 2008-2009 and I wonder how Dr. Summers would explain his findings with the currently reported stats?

I know this is a music/art blog, but I’m also intrigued by this topic. What’s your opinion?  Is there a discrepancy between women and men in science? Do we need to even be talking about this anymore?  I like talking about it, but then again I’m a girl in science with a doctorate degree with a blog that suggests I like talking about myself.

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One Response to “Women Earned More Doctoral Degrees than Men in 2008-2009”

  1. David Says:

    I’d argue that much of the imbalance has to do with the decision of many women to prioritize raising a family over a career. Men don’t take time off when the kid is born, and really leave most of the burden on the woman. I don’t think that there exists any bias towards accepting women into PhD or faculty positions.

    And I personally like the change from music; please, consider doing it more often. (PS, I’d understand if you print out this reader comment and frame it – I get that a lot)

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