Gender gaps in education, employment figures

June 17, 2014

Some researchers are growing concerned about what they describe as “the guys crisis”—a gap in academic performance between young male and female students. In 2011, 14,185 BC males aged 20–24 had no high school diploma, compared to 9,435 females. Data from the same year indicate that 76,015 BC males aged 24–34 had a university degree, a significantly smaller number than the 106,660 females. “It’s a disturbing trend. There’s no reason to believe that it won’t remain the same or get worse,” said researcher John MacLaughlin. Nevertheless, females continue to earn just 80% of the salary of a male, and are less likely to hold a “top job” with a large Canadian company. In spite of the education gap, males benefit from a stronger “opportunity structure,” said retired UBC professor Charles Ungerleider, who also noted that women are underrepresented in the trades. Various explanations and solutions to these gaps have been proposed, but there is little consensus. The Province