There has been a bit of buzz lately concerning the assertion that black women are the most educated demographic group in America.
I first ran across this information via Captain Capitalism, who looked at the numbers and concluded that while there is at least some truth** to it, it deserved further scrutiny:
This first question I had was “was the statement true?” Are black women TRULY the most educated group in America?
And it is, more or less.
Based on some statistics by the NCES, black women have the highest enrollment percentage out of all the binary race-sex groups, 9.7%. This means of all adult aged women in that group, 9.7% of them have either graduated or are currently in college. This makes them technically the most educated group in America.
It doesn’t really matter because the degrees most black women acquired were in his opinion, useless degrees:
It is of course no surprise to anyone here that the majority of women major in worthless and easy subjects. Based on my research for “Worthless,” about 2/3rds of worthless degrees are earned by women. But using some more recent research, it again shows women prefer easier subjects, with less math and rigor, and therefore are in less demand in the labor market.
So already it’s no shocker why “women earn the majority degrees” across all racial groups.
When you consider race, it only magnifies the percentage of worthless degrees. Using enrollment data from the U of MN as a proxy, blacks (male and female) major in worthless subjects 74% of the time, contrasted to their white peers who “only” major in worthless degrees 57% of the time. Once again, reiterating the importance of my question “educated in what?”
In reality, most degrees acquired by current college students are worthless, regardless of sex or race. Black women get worthless degrees at higher rates, but they are by no means alone in that. However, what Captain Capitalism fails to recognize (being all about the Benjamins as he is), is that a college degree in the hands of a woman, regardless of the specifics of the particular degree, is a proxy for marriageability, which makes it far from “worthless”.
This goes triple for black women, something I have been trying to get across for years only to have Christian traditionalists shoot me down as a woman of little faith for not eschewing the typical trajectory and trusting in Providence to provide a husband for my girls without acquisition of a college degree. College educated women in general tend to get married and stay married at higher rates. But that’s not the only value provided by the so-called worthless degree.
Our first born (age 22) graduated with her BA in 2014. Her current income is 25% higher than the median income of women her age, and she has the savings and investment to prove it. Women with “worthless” degrees still get hired and receive significantly higher salaries than women without.
Bear in mind that half the people her age make less than the current median. Since black women as a group -despite their very best efforts- tend to marry later than the median age of first marriage by about five years, she will have real assets to bring to her marriage when it happens, and we believe it will. We just *get* that chances are that it will happen later.
Since all but the most ideological feminists would prefer to marry well enough to have the option of raising their children until they reach school age, and women with college degrees are more likely to get a ring on it, understand that the value of a college degree is varied, relative, and about far more than the raw earning power one can receive based on the specific course of study.
This is especially true for women, who mostly want to have babies and bake cookies despite being told repeatedly that they would be happier doing otherwise.
**The Daily Caller believes otherwise, but they too miss the larger point.