In a proud moment for the Jewish community, a new study has shown that young women with a Jewish upbringing are 23 percentage points more likely to earn a bachelor’s degree than non-Jewish young women of similar socioeconomic status.
According to the report, Jewish women also attend more selective universities than women from other religions in the United States, making them a lot more learned.
Published in the American Sociological Review, the study is titled, “From Bat Mitzvah to the Bar: Religious Habitus, Self-Concept, and Women’s Educational Outcomes” and it also shows that girls with two Jewish parents have even higher educational attainment than do girls with one Jewish parent. In addition, Jewish girls do better academically than Jewish boys, with 81 percent of Jewish girls graduating from a four-year college, but only 61 percent of Jewish boys earning undergraduate degrees.
According to the study, Jewish girls set high professional goals for themselves and start planning early on how they will achieve them, beginning with taking Advanced Placement classes and participating in extracurricular activities and internships in high school. Unlike other female adolescents who may view college as a means toward self-improvement, Jewish young women see it as a platform for creating human capital investment.