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Percentage of Doctoral Degrees Earned by Women in Selected Social Sciences

Graph: Percentage of Doctorate Degrees Awarded to Women in Select Disciplines Since 1966


This series of two charts shows the increasing share of women awarded doctorates in several of the sciences over the last forty years. After 2000, substantially more than half of PhDs in psychology and sociology were earned by women. The life sciences come in third place, with almost half of new PhDs awarded to women. Economics and Physical Sciences awarded the fewest doctoral degrees to women among this group of selected disciplines.


1999 data not available.

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1966 - 2011 Data: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), Integrated Post-secondary Education Data System (IPEDS) Completions, 1996-2011 (Washington, DC: NCES, 2012).

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