Women Lead Gender Gap in Higher Education

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Women Lead Gender Gap in Higher Education


Byline: Scott Kovacevic scott.kovacevic@gympietimes.com

Across the divide

Further Gympie facts from the census

Of residents without income, men are most commonly aged 15-19 while women were aged 45-64

Women more likely to volunteer, give unpaid assistance and undertake unpaid childcare

Men are more likely to have an unrelated individual living in the family household

Men are less likely to marry

Women in Gympie are more religious than men

Twice as many men than women earn $1000 or more per week

GYMPIE'S women are leading the education revolution, with more than twice as many of the region's women than men in higher education.

According to the latest census data, 879 females in the 4570 region studying at university, tertiary, and technical institutions compared to only 370 males.

The number is even more noticeable in students aged 25 or older, with 587 females studying in comparison to only 196 males.

According to Sarah Duffy, who is studying primary education, said a big part of the growth was availability.

"We didn't have the option to study when I was younger," she said.

"Women have children young so travel for study isn't really an option."

A mother of two, Ms Duffy said there had a been a cultural shift which was no doubt contributing to the growth.

"Women these days realise there is a need to be independent," she said.

"It is somewhat of a social shift, I think.

"When I was younger and in school, there wasn't a lot of preparing us for life after school. …

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