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Women in the United States


  • In 2012, there were 159,477,797 women, representing 50.8% of the 313,914,040 people in the United States.1
  • In 2012, the median age for women was 38.8 years, compared to 36.1 years for men and 37.4 years for all United States.2
  • The total fertility rate is 1.9 births per women.3


  • For the class 2011-2012, women earned 57.3% of bachelor's degrees, 59.9% of master's degrees, and 51.4% of doctorate degrees.4
  • For the class 2010-2011, women earned 49.0% of professional degrees, including 48.4% of degrees in medicine, 61.8% of degrees in pharmacy, 77.4% of degrees in veterinary medicine, and 47.1% of degrees in law.5
  • Women have earned more degrees than men and have for some time:6
    • Since 1982, women have earned more bachelor's degrees than men.
    • Since 1987, women have earned more master's degrees than men. 
    • Since 2006, women have earned more doctorate degrees than men. 

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How to cite this product: Catalyst. Quick Take: Women in the United States. New York: Catalyst, 2014.