WASHINGTON (AP) -- Women now earn the majority of diplomas in fields men used to dominate -- from biology to business -- and have caught up in pursuit of law, medicine and other advanced degrees...
Women earn the majority of bachelor's degrees in business, biological sciences, social sciences and history. The same is true for traditional strongholds such as education and psychology.
In undergraduate and graduate disciplines where women trail men, they are gaining ground, earning larger numbers of degrees in math, physical sciences and agriculture...
Women now account for about half the enrollment in professional programs such as law, medicine and optometry. That is up from 22 percent a generation ago.
The number of women enrolled in undergraduate classes has grown more than twice as fast as it has for men. Women outnumber men on campus by at least 2 million, and the gap is growing.
I honestly wonder why this is. And then there's this:
Women who work full time earn about 76 percent as much as men, according to the Institute of Women's Policy Research. Women are underrepresented in full-time faculty jobs, particularly in fields such as physical sciences, engineering and math.
I've been hearing that 76 cent figure since I was a kid--and the organization promoting that figure sounds more than a little biased. Can anyone explain where that figure comes from? Do they add up all the salaries for men and for women, take the averages, and come out with that figure? Do women and men who have essentially the same jobs, like college professors, perhaps, fall into that same 76 percent ratio? Does that figure have any meaning at all?