U.S. women today are more likely than men to enroll in and complete college, but their higher rates of college enrollment and completion may be partly explained by the persistent gender wage gap. In 2015, women earned less money than men at every education level. In fact, women need to earn at least one extra degree to receive the same earnings as men with less education.
This graphic was included in the PRB Population Bulletin, “Losing Ground: Young Women’s Well-Being Across Generations in the United States.” PRB analysts present a comprehensive new Index of Young Women’s Well-Being to show how social and structural barriers to progress for young women in Generation X and the Millennial generation have contributed to women’s persistently high poverty rates, a declining share of women in high-wage/high-tech jobs, a dramatic rise in women’s incarceration rates, and increases in maternal mortality and women’s suicide.
The graphic is also included in our “Losing Ground” infographic below: