Bureau of Labor Statistics

Large increase in women’s educational attainment

December 08, 2006

The educational attainment level of working women age 25 to 64 rose substantially from 1970 to 2005.

Percent distribution of the civilian labor force 25 to 64 years of age by educational attainment, women, 1970-2005 annual averages
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About 3 in 10 women in the labor force held college degrees in 2005, compared with about 1 in 10 in 1970.

About 8 percent of women in the labor force in 2005 were high school dropouts, compared with 34 percent in 1970.

These data on women and education are from the Current Population Survey. To find out more, see BLS Report 996, Women in the Labor Force: A Databook (2006 Edition).


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Large increase in women’s educational attainment at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2006/dec/wk1/art05.htm (visited November 28, 2021).


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