By Michael Raffety
While everybody worries about the weird politics of colleges these days, one interesting fact is under the radar. For the most recent year available, 2016, women earned 139 degrees to every 100 men who earned degrees. It’s been that way for a long time. It was 135 women to 100 women bachelor degrees earners in 1982. The information comes from the Department of Education.
Economist Mark J. Perry made the calculations in 2016 for these ratios.
In 2016 the percentage of women wining bachelor’s degrees was 60.6 percent. In 2017 that percentage increased to 60.9 percent, according to the stats from the U.S. Department of Education that go back to 1869-70. Men earned more degrees until 1978 when the balance began tipping toward women with 50.3 percent of the bachelor degrees going to women.
The tipping point for master’s degrees going to women happened in 1982, with the percentage of women hitting 50.3 percent. More women began earning doctoral degrees in 1987, with a percentage point of 50.4 percent.
In 2017 women earned 57.9 percent of the master’s degrees and 58.3 percent of the doctoral degrees.
To earn any of these degrees takes hard work, dedication and persistence. Apparently more women have these characteristics than men.
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One of my favorite sports columnists is Jason Gay of the Wall Street Journal. Folks back east tend to go to the beach for vacations. Going to the beach in Northern California is not a high priority vacation. Summers tend to be foggy along the rocky Northern California Coast. People in Southern California can more easily make a day trip to the beach. But back east it’s a whole vacation to get out of New York City and spend a week at the beach, Cape Cod or Martha’s Vineyard.
Back in July Jason Gay wrote a column about “How to exercise on vacation.” My plan when on vacation is to do a lot of walking. In New York City we walked all over – to the Fashion Institute of Technology to the aircraft carrier USS Intrepid. In Philadelphia we walked along the waterfront until we got downtown. We even walked all over Boston during a rainstorm left over from a hurricane. The beauty of walking is that we can eat well and come home weighing the same as when we left.
Of course, we take the subway to farther away places like the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art or the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
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The U.S Treasury Department is starting to clamp down on North Korea’s access to the financial system and ditto for Chinese firms doing business with North Korea. The hermit Kingdom will still find a way to make money. After all, North Korea is a criminal enterprise. One of their moneymakers is counterfeiting
The North Koreans have made money stealing from the Bangladesh Central Bank and the Bank of Ecuador. It is also said they are behind the WannaCry ransom-ware plague. A July 28 Wall Street Journal story by Timothy W. Martin noted a report by the South Korean government said North Korean hackers have planted malware in ATMs in South Korea to steal bank information. The North Korean hackers then sold the stolen data to people in Taiwan, China and Thailand.
The Hermit Kingdom hackers even tried to breach financial networks of at least 18 countries, including Mexico, Norway and India.
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Speaking of hackers, there are hackers, probably from Iran, who put up fake LinkedIn profiles. An Aug. 21 Wall Street Journal story by Kelsey Gee, noted that job seekers are getting scammed by fake job applications. This is the consequence of many employers shifting to digital applications that they run through word analysis to see who they like. They should go back to printed resumes and letters of introduction.