AAUW has been committed to making the dream of higher education a reality for all women. Higher education is no longer a luxury — it’s a necessity.
Among Black students in higher education, women earn 64.1% of bachelor’s degrees, 71.5% of master’s degrees, more than 65.9% of doctoral, medical, and dental degrees.
Women make up the majority of nontenure-track lecturers and instructors across institutions, but only 44% of tenure-track faculty and 36% of full professors. Women of color are especially underrepresented in college faculty and staffs.
Female students continue to encounter biases and stereotypes around the types of majors and future jobs they ‘should’ pursue, including that science and math programs are better suited for men.
Not everyone goes to college, but men have more viable alternative pathways than women when they don't have a degree.