I, For One, Welcome Our New Female Overlords

Jon Rauch explains the coming age of Matriarchy:

Whatever the reason, the result was a new educational gender gap, this time favoring women. There is little sign that it will close: Projections by the National Center for Education Statistics show a 22 percent increase in female college enrollment between 2005 and 2016, compared with only a 10 percent increase for men.

In 2006, according to the Census Bureau, about 27 million American men held a college degree; so did about 27 million American women. This is a tipping point, however, not an equilibrium, because male college graduates tend to be old, and female graduates tend to be young. Among people age 65 and older, men are much more likely than women to be college-educated. Middle-aged men and women are at parity. Among young adults ages 25 to 34 years old, the college gap favors women almost as lopsidedly as it favors men among their grandparents’ generation.

In other words, today’s young people already live in a world where, among their peers, women are better educated than men. As the grandparents die off, every year the country’s college-educated population will become more feminized. In a couple of decades, America’s educational elite will be as disproportionately female as it once was male.

With the recent hubub about Hillary’s “emotions” on display in New Hampshire, it shows we have a ways to go before sexism is completely eliminated. On the other hand, the progress women have made in the last 30 years has been nothing short of extraordinary.

Furthermore, from my own experience in white-collar America, it seems to me that most of these jobs, from law to medicine to management, are at least as well-suited — if not better-suited — to women than to men. The one exception I’ve encountered is sales, which is still to mired in a hunter’s mindset and inundated with testosterone.

This is also fascinating:

Women will have a comparative advantage at both parenting and breadwinning. Many women will want to take time off for child-rearing, but the cost of keeping a college-educated mom at home while a high-school-educated dad works will be high, often prohibitive.

I’m not sure how this squares, though, with other data that shows people increasingly marrying their educational peers. Will these women actually marry “downward,” or just not marry? Listen to