Women appear to be closing the gap with men when it comes to educational achievement as they accounted for half of all master’s degrees in 2016, and nearly half of all earned doctorates among younger Canadians aged 25 to 34.

Local education trend mirrors census data

Anecdotally, female students at J.L. Crowe are almost out-pacing boys in earning a higher level of education following graduation.

While the school doesn’t have actual numbers per se, counsellor Loretta Jones says she’s noticed more and more girls are pursuing high levels of post secondary education. And counsellor Dara Waterstreet says, no matter the gender, pretty much all the graduating students express intent to go onto college or university studies.

The local high school trend plays into the latest census data released Wednesday that revealed more than half of Canada’s core working population – those aged 25 to 64 – have earned degrees or diplomas from college or university. That is the highest rate among comparable OECD (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development) countries, including the United States.

Women appear to be closing the gap with men when it comes to educational achievement as they accounted for half of all master’s degrees in 2016, and nearly half of all earned doctorates among younger Canadians aged 25 to 34.

– Regnier

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