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Asking the Right Question

Why is there no White House Council on Men and Boys? asks professor Mark Perry. Excellent question, considering the chapter titles he cites from the recent report on women and girls:

1. Women's gains in educational attainment have significantly outpaced those of men over the last 40 years.

2. Female students score higher than males on reading assessments and lower than males on mathematics assessments.

3. Higher percentages of women than men age 25-34 have earned a college degree.

4. More women than men have received a graduate education.

5. Women earn the majority of conferred degrees overall but earn fewer degrees than men in science and technology.

6. Higher percentages of women than men participate in adult education.

7. Unemployment rates for women have risen less than for men in recent recessions.

8. Women have longer life expectancy than men, but the gap is decreasing.

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