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Posted at 1:00 PM ET, 04/21/2010

Census: Education advances for women

By Washington Post editors

Women are now just as likely as men to have completed college and to hold an advanced degree, part of an accelerating trend of educational gains that have shielded women from recent job losses. Yet they continue to lag behind men in pay.

Among adults 25 and older, 29 percent of women in the U.S. have at least a bachelor's degree, compared with 30 percent of men, according to 2009 Census figures released Tuesday. Measured by raw numbers, women already surpass men in undergraduate degrees by roughly 1.2 million.

Women also have drawn even with men in holding advanced degrees. Women represented roughly half of those in the U.S. with a master's degree or higher, due largely to years of steady increases in women opting to pursue a medical or law degree.

-- The Associated Press

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By Washington Post editors  | April 21, 2010; 1:00 PM ET
Tags:  Bachelor's degree, College, Education, Master's degree, United States, Women  
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