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Digest of Education Statistics: 2017
Digest of Education Statistics: 2017

NCES 2018-070
January 2018


Table 603.60. Percentage of postsecondary degrees awarded to women, by field of study and country: 2015
Country All fields1 Education Arts and humanities Social sciences, journalism, and information Business, adminis-tration, and law Natural sciences, mathematics, and statistics Information and communication technologies Engineering, manufactur-ing, and construction Agriculture, forestry, fisheries, and veterinary Health and welfare Services2
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
OECD average3 57.3 78.3 65.1 66.0 56.6 52.9 19.8 24.4 53.8   76.7 50.7
Australia. 57.9 75.8 63.5 66.4 53.1 50.7 19.1 22.9 54.3   76.6 48.5
Austria 55.3 82.1 67.9 64.5 57.3 48.4 13.7 21.1 48.0   69.4 79.2
Belgium 59.5 78.1 61.9 69.6 52.6 43.4 7.8 22.0 61.3   75.8 53.2
Canada 57.9 77.0 63.5 69.9 55.5 53.5 29.6 19.0 53.8   76.8 44.7
Chile 56.0 79.1 56.1 66.8 54.9 48.3 12.5 17.1 47.9   78.1 49.1
                         
Czech Republic 60.5 83.0 69.6 69.1 65.8 59.6 13.5 32.0 62.4   83.5 49.7
Denmark 57.6 65.0 64.6 61.4 52.2 49.1 19.7 30.0 73.7   77.6 45.9
Estonia 66.0 91.5 71.7 75.3 72.8 64.1 29.8 32.6 55.3   88.9 48.7
Finland 59.9 84.4 72.3 70.9 61.5 57.0 19.3 22.3 61.3   84.9 61.4
France 56.0 76.0 69.2 65.7 59.1 47.4 16.7 26.2 44.3   73.8 55.7
                         
Germany 50.1 80.7 70.3 64.4 53.5 46.7 17.6 20.0 41.7   71.0 54.4
Greece  
Hungary 61.0 82.4 67.8 69.6 65.4 53.4 23.3 27.2 46.0   75.2 55.4
Iceland  
Ireland 52.2 72.8 59.0 62.4 49.3 51.2 20.3 15.9 39.1   75.5 45.0
                         
Israel  
Italy  
Japan4 49.4 71.8 68.4 50.1 36.1 25.9 13.2 41.1   63.7 78.4
Korea, Republic of 51.0 76.8 67.3 58.6 47.1 47.1 27.3 20.7 42.0   71.2 51.9
Latvia 65.4 92.7 76.0 78.4 69.8 59.6 20.6 27.3 48.4   86.9 52.4
                         
Luxembourg 56.5 66.8 60.3 55.6 54.6 47.4 10.4 14.3 100.0 5 79.4
Mexico 52.8 72.0 58.0 69.7 55.9 52.6 35.5 28.3 37.0   67.2 30.7
Netherlands  
New Zealand 56.4 82.1 61.1 66.8 50.7 53.6 22.5 27.7 61.0   79.3 50.9
Norway 58.8 74.3 59.0 61.5 56.1 55.5 16.4 22.0 65.0   83.1 37.2
                         
Poland. 65.8 85.7 75.7 71.7 68.5 71.8 19.4 40.8 52.2   75.3 55.4
Portugal 59.3 83.7 61.4 68.6 59.4 61.8 21.0 33.0 63.8   78.4 43.7
Slovak Republic 62.6 79.5 68.1 71.6 65.0 64.3 12.4 28.2 61.4   78.9 40.9
Slovenia 61.0 87.0 71.0 69.9 67.7 62.5 16.8 26.0 61.8   78.8 49.4
Spain 55.4 78.1 59.2 64.4 57.7 53.7 14.5 25.4 39.8   73.1 46.0
                         
Sweden 61.8 79.7 63.0 67.9 61.8 53.1 27.8 30.3 64.2   81.3 62.8
Switzerland 48.5 68.9 61.3 68.2 44.6 43.5 11.2 15.6 31.2   73.9 40.1
Turkey 49.1 67.8 64.1 52.6 44.9 58.1 32.6 27.6 42.6   65.6 38.0
United Kingdom 57.1 76.1 63.3 62.0 53.3 53.2 19.3 23.0 63.5   75.5
United States 58.4 78.2 59.8 64.7 50.9 52.0 22.9 19.7 51.0   81.5 51.3
                         
Other reporting countries                        
Brazil 61.1 77.4 57.2 68.8 58.0 59.9 15.0 33.9 46.2   76.7 60.7
China 51.5  
Colombia 55.2 66.9 51.0 67.8 61.9 53.6 27.9 33.1 41.7   72.0 38.9
Costa Rica 62.8 73.5 52.9 68.8 60.6 45.8 21.1 38.5 38.8   77.3 65.1
India 50.5 63.0 55.6 56.1 44.9 50.0 44.6 31.0 25.8   61.4 80.0
Indonesia 58.3 69.2 60.5 45.6 57.1 73.3 33.8 25.5 43.9   77.9 50.3
Lithuania 63.4 81.7 74.7 73.9 69.6 57.6 13.8 26.4 46.7   83.2 45.6
Russian Federation 42.0 60.8 54.3 67.9 53.6 46.5 18.7 18.7 35.8   35.6 18.8
—Not available.
1 Excludes degrees in unknown fields of study.
2 Includes personal, hygiene and occupational health, security, transport, and other services.
3 Refers to the mean of the data values for all reporting Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) countries, to which each country reporting data contributes equally.
4 Data on information and communication technologies are included in other fields.
5 This high percentage is due to small sample size. Less than 1 percent of tertiary graduates in Luxembourg obtained a degree in the broad field of agriculture, forestry, fisheries, and veterinary.
NOTE: All data in this table refer to total tertiary degrees, as calculated using International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED) 2011. Total tertiary degrees correspond to degrees at the associate’s level and above in the United States. They include degrees at ISCED 2011 level 5 (corresponding to the associate's degree in the United States), level 6 (bachelor's or equivalent degree), level 7 (master's or equivalent degree), and level 8 (doctoral or equivalent degree). Degree fields were classified using ISCED Fields of Education and Training 2013 (ISCED-F 2013).
SOURCE: Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Online Education Database, retrieved January 29, 2018, from https://stats.oecd.org/Index.aspx. (This table was prepared January 2018.)