If women form the majority of US college graduates, they should also form the majority of the country’s college-educated labour force. Or so the logic goes.

Data tells another story, however. But in fact, women have only just reached parity in the college-educated workforce, according to a new study from Pew Research.

Analysing data collected by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, 29.5 million women in the labour force had at least a bachelor’s degree, effectively matching the number of college-educated men in the workforce (29.3 million) as of the first quarter of 2019.

The findings provide a lesson in how gender plays a role in one’s transition from higher education into the workforce within a developed economy. International students, especially those from developed economies or economies transitioning into one, must be aware of the less than seamless route from campus to the office.


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