Gender and Valuing Higher Education

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The Pew Research Center performed a study on the value of higher education, as perceived the general public. The result divided along gender lines. Out of the 2100 Americans surveyed, around a third of them had bachelor degrees and most agreed that the heavy financial burden eclipsed the enriching academic experience that is college. Though, just focusing on women, specifically the female college grads of the bunch, they found this:

“Women said they felt that the intrinsic benefits of college were high, and they were more likely than men to report that college had improved the quality of their lives. More than eight out of 10 women with a four-year degree said their education had been ‘very useful’ in helping them to grow intellectually, and roughly three-fourths of the same demographic group said college had enhanced their emotional development.”


Sam Riley is the Editorial Assistant at the Rumpus. Also, a humor enthusiast and science supporter. She currently resides in San Francisco, CA. More from this author →