The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

8 July 2006

Shootout at Gender Gap

The title of this New York Times piece is "At Colleges, Women Are Leaving Men in the Dust," and while I have no particular reason to question this assertion generally, writer Tamar Lewin backs it up rather peculiarly:

At Harvard, 55 percent of the women graduated with honors this spring, compared with barely half the men.

Spoons notes:

The author doesn't explain exactly what "barely half" means, but gosh, this must mean a disparity of at least 3 or 4 percent!

Whether there's also some grade inflation at work here is left as an exercise for the (non-Harvard) student.

Posted at 7:46 PM to Say What?


Hmmm ... isn't that title just a bit, um, celebratory? I picture a champage glass being raised in a toast.

Posted by: Jeff Brokaw at 4:49 PM on 10 July 2006

Not to state the obvious, but I'll state it anyway-if the numbers had been reversed, would they have run a story headlined "At Colleges, Men Are Leaving Women in the Dust?"

Posted by: John Salmon at 12:59 AM on 11 July 2006

Naw. It would have been something like "Glass Ceiling Proves Unbreakable Even In Academia."

Posted by: CGHill at 7:19 AM on 11 July 2006