ERIC Number: ED053268
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Trends in Educational Attainment of Women.
Women's Bureau (DOL), Washington, DC.
Educational attainment of women has risen steadily since the turn of the century. In 1900 about 57,000 girls graduated from high school, and by 1968 the number had increased to 1.4 million. A similar rise occurred in the number of bachelor's degrees received by women. In 1900 about 5,000 graduated from college, and in 1968 the number rose to 279,000. A total of 300 women received master's degrees in 1900; in 1968 the total was 63,000. A similar increase occurred in the number of doctor's degrees granted to women. In 1900 only 23 received doctor's degrees while in 1968, 2,906 obtained doctorates. There is a direct relationship between educational attainment of women and their labor force participation; the more education a woman has received, the greater the likelihood she will be engaged in paid employment. In 1968, 54 percent of the women with 4 years of college, 48 percent of the high school graduates, and 24 percent of the women with less than 8 years of schooling were working. (BC)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Charts, Educational Trends, Employed Women, Females, Labor Force, Tables (Data)
Women's Bureau, Wage and Labor Standards Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, Washington, D.C. (no charge)
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Authoring Institution: Women's Bureau (DOL), Washington, DC.