More Women in Education Means that More Women With B.A.’s Are Marrying Men Without (Shocking!)

In Alfred Lubrano’s article “More women with college degrees are marrying men without B.A.’s,” the author details a few heterosexual couples where the wives have bachelor’s degrees and the husbands do not.

The author uses U.S. Census data for the Education Gender Gap to show that “since 1990, the percentage of young women with a college degree has grown faster than the percentage of young men.” The data visualization appears accurate, except that it goes from 0% to 50%, rather than 0% to 100%. Because of this, the gap between women at 46% and men at 37% looks significantly larger than 9%.Screen Shot 2017-12-03 at 10.15.57 PM.png

The author then uses U.S. Census data for the Education Gender Gap in Local Counties, but I’m not from Philadelphia, so I don’t know where these counties are, and I don’t know how applicable this data is beyond those select counties.

Screen Shot 2017-12-03 at 10.16.06 PM.pngLater on in the article, the author references race/ethnicity and says that “[a]ctually, while more black women than black men aged 25 to 34 have a bachelor’s degree or higher, according to 2016 Census statistics, the nearly four-percentage-point difference (26.5 to 22.6) is half the size of the figure for all of the United States, said Temple sociologist Judith Levine. What’s different is that black women have always been more likely to get a college degree than black men, as far back as the 1940s, Levine said. Racism and high incarceration rates are among the reasons, she said.” These two sentences are the only sentences about race and it feels like this idea was just interjected and not well thought out.

After race/ethnicity is brought up (and then not evaluated), the piece immediately ends with an interviewee’s take on education: “Whether a man has a degree is not one of my first questions. At this point, life-education outweighs a degree.” I think that this conclusion for that specific person, but it is not an all-encompassing conclusion that is applicable to anyone even beyond the counties of Philadelphia.

This article has the cultural implication that while it is good that women are receiving more bachelor’s degrees than men that there is going to be even more of an intellectual disparity from now on.


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