Business Women Degrees and Earnings on Rise
earn 54 percent of the B.A.s awarded in the United States, 52 percent of the Masters and professional
degrees, and 40 percent of the doctorates. However, women are still severely
under-represented in certain fields 26 percent of graduate degrees in
computer science, 14 percent in physics, and 16 percent in engineering.
number of colleges and universities headed by women increased from
five percent in 1975 to 10 percent in 1990. Women of color made up less than two percent of
these high-level administrators.
1910, 20 percent of college faculty were female. In 1997, women comprised
only 28 percent of college faculty. This is only an eight percentage point
increase in an 87-year period.
1995, women made up only 31 percent of the full-time faculty of American
colleges and universities, up from 26 percent in 1920, a five percentage
point increase in 75 years.
make up almost 40 percent of the full-time faculty at public colleges, but
only 20 percent of positions at top-ranked public and private research institutions.
years after Title IX was passed, women's participation in
intercollegiate sports increased by almost 600 percent.