Utah Women Graduate From College Less Often Than Male Counterparts

Thursday, November 1, 2012

The gap between men and women attaining four-year degrees in Utah has grown to6 percent: A disparity that separates the Beehive State from the rest of the U.S.

Since the 1990s, post-secondary education enrollment figures for Utah women have steadily declined—a trend that’s resulted in Utah ranking 26th in the nation for higher education completion by women.

These and other statistics were presented to educators, community activists and women from across the state Tuesday in Salt Lake City at the United Way’s Women and Education Summit. The conference opened with keynote speeches from a data expert and from a local education advocate who set the tone for the event by communicating a problem: women in Utah are struggling to get college degrees.

Keynote speaker Mary Daly, the associate director of research at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, began the conversation by emphasizing the importance of women succeeding financially when graduating with a college diploma.

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