African-American Women Continue to Hold a Huge Lead Over Black Men in Bachelor’s Degree Awards

New data from the U.S. Department of Education shows a persisting gender gap in African-American bachelor’s degree attainments.

In the 2005-06 academic year, black women earned 94,341 bachelor’s degrees, almost double the number earned by black men. Black women now earn two thirds of all bachelor’s degrees obtained by African Americans. 

Do not be mistaken, black men, too, have made progress. Over the past decade, the number of bachelor’s degrees earned by black men is up more than 40 percent. But the result pales in comparison to the huge gains posted by black women.