The proportion of men receiving college degrees has stagnated, while women have thrived under the new economic and social realities in the United States and elsewhere, according to two sociologists who have written a new book on the subject.
"The world has changed around boys, and they have not adapted as well as girls," said Claudia Buchmann, a professor of sociology at Ohio State University and co-author of The Rise of Women: The Growing Gender Gap in Education and What it Means for American Schools (Russell Sage Foundation, 2013).
Buchmann and co-author Thomas DiPrete, professor of sociology at
Columbia University, spent more than a decade researching the education
gender gap. They wanted to find out why women are now getting more
college degrees than ever before, while the proportion of young men
doing so hasn't changed much in more than 50 years.