Race, Sex, College, and Money

Census: College-educated white women earning less,” Associated Press, 28 March 2005, http://www.usatoday.com/news/bythenumbers/2005-03-28-income-education_x.htm.

“Re: NYT’S honest discussion about innate differences between the sexes,” by Dan tdaxp, private email, 17 October 2005.

College gender gap widens: 57% are women,” by Mary Beth Marklein, USA Today, 20 October 2005, http://news.yahoo.com/s/usatoday/20051020/ts_usatoday/collegegendergapwidens57arewomen (from Daily Kos).

According to this,” by johnny rotten, Daily Kos, 20 October 2005, http://dailykos.com/comments/2005/10/20/122420/25/12#12.

Markos Moulitsas Zúniga, founder of Daily “Screw ‘Em” Kos, has an interesting article on the sex gap in higher education

In May, the Minnesota Office of Higher Education posted the inevitable culmination of a trend: Last year for the first time, women earned more than half the degrees granted statewide in every category, be it associate, bachelor, master, doctoral or professional.

As women march forward, more boys seem to be falling by the wayside, McCorkell says. Not only do national statistics forecast a continued decline in the percentage of males on college campuses, but the drops are seen in all races, income groups and fields of study, says policy analyst Thomas Mortenson, publisher of the influential Postsecondary Education Opportunity newsletter in Oskaloosa, Iowa. Since 1995, he has been tracking – and sounding the alarm about – the dwindling presence of men in colleges.

I wrote about something similar in an email a bit ago — using material from Every Man a Panzer, Every Woman a Soldat as a foundation

Generally, males and females are optimized for different styles of networks — males for low-density nets and females for high-density nets. In other words, women and girls prefer “deeper” social relationships than men and boys. In education, this would imply that females learn best in social conversation circles and males learn best in dynamic activity circles. Both will spontaneously form these on their own — they are otherwise known as “gossiping” and “free play.” Structured gossiping and structured free play could be extremely effective. That modern education tries to quash the natural instinct to learn in an optimized way to force all children to sit in desks and shut up is bad, bad, bad.

Of course, the majority of these might be useless degress from Democratic conversion machines. A comment on dKos spurred my interest…

According to this article, college educated women make around 60% of college educated men.

Interestingly, college educated black women make more than college educated white women.

Ever get the feeling you’ve been cheated?

Indeed, it’s true:

Black and Asian women with bachelor’s degrees earn slightly more than similarly educated white women, and white men with four-year degrees make more than anyone else.

A white woman with a bachelor’s degree typically earned nearly $37,800 in 2003, compared with nearly $43,700 for a college-educated Asian woman and $41,100 for a college-educated black woman, according to data being released Monday by the Census Bureau. Hispanic women took home slightly less at $37,600 a year.


Chart of Income Among American College Educated Women by Race

With most college students being white women, and white women coming out last compared to any other group (except v. latinas y latinitas, with a $200 per year advantage), one has to wonder what higher education is for.

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