Post-Second_Women-Work--FINAL

Post-Second_Women-Work--FINAL - EDUCATIONAL ATTAINMENT...

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11/8/2009 1 P OST - SECONDARY E DUCATION & C AREER /W ORK E DUCATIONAL A TTAINMENT 85% (females) and 84% (males) graduate from high school 63% of all students go to college immediately after (USA Today) Women earn more bachelor’s degrees Similar pattern across ethnic groups Except for Asian-American (doctoral degrees) Appx. 60% of college population are women E DUCATION AND C AREER G OALS Women are more likely to drop out of sciences/engineering Among biology majors with A averages: 80% of women, 60% of men switch majors Among physical science majors with A averages: 69% of women, appx. 1% of men switch majors Among engineering majors with A averages: 71% of women, 18% of men switch majors D OCTORATES IN S CIENCE , BY G ENDER Field Student Enrolled Doctorates Conferred Women Men Women Men Computer Sciences 27% 73% 16% 84% Engineering 19% 81% 12% 88% Agriculture 38% 62% 26% 74% Mathematics 34% 66% 23% 77% Physical Sciences 28% 72% 22% 78% Biological Sciences 50% 50% 43% 57% Psychology 69% 31% 67% 33% I LLINOIS V ALEDICTORIAN P ROJECT 10 year longitudinal study of 46 female, 35 male 1981 high school valedictorians During high school: 21% of women, 23% of men rated their intelligence as far above average College GPA: 3.7 for women, 3.6 for men After 2 years of college: 4% of women, 22% of men rated intelligence as far above average Senior year of college: 0 women, 25% of men rated intelligence as far above average I LLINOIS V ALEDICTORIAN P ROJECT ( CONT D ) After 2 years of college: More women lowered career aspirations than men Women more likely to worry about combining career and family; 6 gave up on medical school 2/3 of women, 0 men planned to interrupt careers when they had children 10 years later: Many women, 0 men had downgraded their original career plans
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