A report is out indicating that for the first time since tracking began, more women than men earned Ph.D.s in the U.S.A. last year. (Right-click on the word ‘report’ in the WaPo story, but note that the pdf you’ll download is 3.5 megs.)
Of course, when I read the actual report, the Humanities are not where the hot trends are, and across the board, the inequities are not yet gone:
Overall, women and girls make up 51 percent of the U.S. population. But women have not conquered every corridor of the ivory tower. Men still hold the majority of faculty and administration positions. Women earn less than men at every level of academic rank, according to the American Association of University Professors. Male faculty members earned $87,206 on average and their female counterparts made $70,600 in the 2009-10 academic year. Starting salaries for newly minted faculty members are nearly equal.
Men retained the lead in doctoral degrees until 2008, largely through their dominance in engineering, mathematics and the physical sciences. They still earn nearly 80 percent of engineering doctorates.