Business Review Board / August 30, 2019

College-Educated Women Outnumber Men in U.S. Workforce

Another statistic dispelling the feminist Left’s myth about a gender wage gap.

For the first time in American history, women now outnumber men in the college-educated workforce. The Wall Street Journal reports, “Since 2013, the female share of college-educated workers has been around the 49% mark, with 2019 being the year that women cross into a very slight majority.” Meanwhile, the overall labor force in the U.S. is still a slight majority male.

The Journal further notes that this milestone has been a long-time coming: “Since the 1980s, women have made up the majority of those seeking bachelor’s degrees. By 1999, women received 57% of bachelor’s degrees, and it has been that way more or less for almost two decades.”

Far from a fluke, this would appear to be the new normal. But how could the “patriarchy” let this happen?

The Federalist’s Helen Raleigh notes that this news puts the lie to a well-worn leftist trope, writing, “Of course, when we talk about women in the workforce, one of the left’s favorite topics is the pay gap between the sexes. We’ve all heard the famous statistic that ‘a woman makes 77 cents for every dollar a man earns.’ They’ve used this number as evidence that the United States is a patriarchal society that discriminates against women or, even worse, that there is a war on women going on in America.”

In fact, Raleigh further observes, “More women in the labor force means more women are creating wealth. It is estimated that by 2030, women will control more aggregate wealth in the United States than men. So far, no activists, no politicians, and certainly no male workers are complaining about this reverse pay gap.”

Clearly, the Left’s canard that American women aren’t getting a fair shake is patently false.

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