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Women Entering Nontraditional Fields

November 3, 1997

  • Among the clergy, one out of 10 is now a woman.
  • One out of six law-enforcement officers and one out of four professional athletes is now a woman.
  • Roughly 1.5 million more women than men are enrolled in college today.
  • Analysts project that by 2007 female college enrollment will hit 9.2 million -- versus 6.9 million for males.

In 1995, women held 48 percent of managerial and professional jobs -- up from 35 percent two decades earlier.

Experts say this gender shift is important, since such positions -- which generally require a college degree -- also pay higher-than-average wages.


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