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PEDAR: Executive Summary Competing Choices: Men's and Women's  Paths After Earning a Bachelor's Degree
Gender Differences
Characteristics at Bachelor's Degree Receipt
Experiences After Graduation
Age, Major, and Grade-Point Average
Interrelationships Among Transitions
Graduate School Enrollment and Attainment
Effects of Marriage and Parenthood on Graduate Enrollment After Controlling for Other Variables
Research Methodology
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Interrelationships Among Transitions - Parenthood

Graduate enrollment and parenthood were negatively related for both men and women: 12 percent of men and 16 percent of women who did not enroll in a graduate program within 4 years of bachelor’s degree receipt became parents during that time. In contrast, 9 percent of men and 10 percent of women who enrolled did so. Women who enrolled in first-professional or doctoral programs were less likely to marry and become parents than were those who enrolled in master’s programs.

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