It looks as if feminism has finally triumphed; at least on college campuses in this country. According to a report just released by the U.S. Census Bureau, about one-third of women ages 25 to 29 had a bachelor’s degree or higher in 2007, compared with 26 percent of their male peers.
More than half of Asians 25 and older had earned a bachelor’s or higher (52 percent), compared with nearly one-third of non-Hispanic whites (32 percent), 19 percent of blacks, and 13 percent of Hispanics. And workers 18 and older with a bachelor’s degree earned an average of $56,788 in 2006. Those with just a high school diploma earned $31,071.
As males continue to fall ever further behind females, at least one scientist has stepped forward to lead a national effort to do something about it. Prof. Judith Kleinfeld of the University of Alaska at Fairbanks has written on the subject of males in education in the past. She is now organizing a National Boys Project and is gathering the kind of scientific talent that we might expect to provide answers to the problem.
The National Boys Project proposes to showcase colleges, schools, teachers, and organizations that have succeeded in engaging young men, increasing their academic success, and developing drive and ambition. Seeking to educate families, educators and the public about the challenges our young boys are facing, Dr. Kleinfeld hopes to develop federal, state, and foundation initiatives that support relevant research and necessary legislative change.
Most college administrators shy away from the term “affirmative action,” a murky concept rooted in redressing historic inequities and loaded with legal implications. Yet many would agree that the gender imbalance in American institutions is a problem in search of a solution.
According to researcher Tom Mortenson, of the Postsecondary Education Opportunity organization, for every 100 girl babies born in the U.S. there are 105 boy babies born. Later, this ratio diverges dramatically:
For every 100 girls enrolled in kindergarten there are 116 boys enrolled.
For every 100 girls enrolled in high school there are 100 boys enrolled.
For every 100 girls diagnosed with a learning disability 276 boys are diagnosed with a learning disability.
For every 100 girls diagnosed with emotional disturbance 324 boys are diagnosed with emotional disturbance
For every 100 women enrolled in college there are 77 men enrolled.
For every 100 American women who earn a bachelor’s degree from college 73 American men earn a bachelor’s degree.
For every 100 American women who earn a master’s degree from college 62 American men earn the same degree.
For every 100 females ages 20 to 24 that commit suicide 624 males of the same age kill themselves.
For every 100 women ages 18 to 21 in correctional facilities there are 1430 men behind bars.