One of the most striking trends in education in the past two or three decades has been the rapid increase in female educational attainment. From the cohorts born in the 1950’s onwards women quickly caught up with men in educational investment. Furthermore, it is clear that the growth in the educational attainment of women has not stalled at gender parity. At the moment, female educational attainment clearly dominates male educational attainment in a majority of industrialized countries. This is true for several measures of attainment. Women are in clear majority among secondary school graduates, among students enrolled in tertiary education, and among tertiary graduates. Furthermore, judging from recent trends it seems likely that gender gap in educational attainment will keep on widening in favor of women in the future.
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