The most educated segment of the U.S. population is, Black women! In a recent study published by the National Association of Education Statistics, Black women are receiving the most college degrees. The study looked at data from 2009-2010, and it showed Black women earned 68% of all Associate’s degrees, 66% of all Bachelor’s degrees, 71% of all Master’s degrees and 65% of all Doctorate degrees, that were earned by Black college students.
“By both race and gender, there is a higher percentage of Black women (9.7 percent) enrolled in college than any other group, including Asian women (8.7 percent), white women (7.1 percent) and white men (6.1 percent),” reported Slate. The amount of Black students enrolled in college, rose by almost 15 percent between 1976 and 2012. Whereas, the number of white students in college declined from 84 percent, down to 60 percent during the same time frame.
The study showed that between the years 2000 to 2010, the number of college degrees received by women remained between 60-62% for Associate’s degrees and 58% for Bachelor’s degrees. In contrast, the number of both Master’s and Doctor’s degrees earned by women, increased from 2000 to 2010. Within all racial and ethnic groups, women had received the majority of all college degrees. In contrast to the above statistics, Hispanic women received 62% of Associate’s degrees, 61% of Bachelor’s degrees, 64% of Master’s degrees, and 55% of all Doctor’s degrees awarded to Hispanic students. (White women earned 61% of Associate’s degrees, 56% of Bachelor’s degrees, 61.8% of Master’s, and 51.4% of Doctorates.)
One of the study’s authors noted, “although Black women only make up 12.7 percent of the female population in the country, they consistently make up over 50 percent—and sometimes much more—of the number of Blacks who receive postsecondary degrees. Percentage-wise, Black women outpace white women, Latinas, Asian/Pacific Islanders, and Native Americans in this arena.”
As impressive as the number of college degrees earned is, a recent analysis showed Black women make up just 8% of private sector jobs and 1.5% of leadership roles.