For many, this mat prove that the final bastion has been conquered. For the first time ever, a recent study has shown that women are earning the majority of PhDs awarded in the United States, narrowly edging out men from their last stronghold in American academic achievement. "While women have long earned the majority of master's degrees awarded in the US, the 2008-09 academic year was the first year ever that women earned the majority (50.4 percent) of doctorates as well," an annual report released on Tuesday by the Council of Graduate Schools says. Women also earned about two-thirds of the graduate certificates awarded in 2008-09, and 60 percent of the master's degrees, said the report, which was based on surveys sent to more than 800 US colleges and universities. At doctorate level, education accounted for the largest number of degrees awarded in 2008-09, with 14.4 percent of the total. Women earned more than two-thirds of the PhDs awarded in education. Women also earned a majority of doctorates in the health sciences (70 percent), in public administration (61.5 percent), social and behavioral sciences (60 percent), arts and humanities (53 percent) and biological and agricultural sciences (51 percent). But men continue to dominate in fields seen as traditionally male, such as engineering, which awarded the second largest number of PhDs in the United States after education. More than three-quarters of recipients of engineering doctorates last year were men. Other fields in which men are holding the fort are mathematics and computer sciences, in which 73 percent of doctorates awarded in the United States went to men; physical and earth sciences (66 percent male PhDs) and business (61 percent). US Census Bureau data released in April showed that women overtook men in terms of holding advanced degrees -- both master's degrees and PhDs lumped together -- in 2000. Earlier this month, a report by a New York-based strategy and research firm, Reach Advisors, found that young, single, urban-dwelling American women without children are for the first time earning more than their male peers. A key reason for young women's greater earning potential is the fact that they are "going to college in droves" and going further than men in their education, the report said.Source: AFP << Scientists Taste Rare Success With Gene Therapy After Treat... Recession Means Wives Have Become the New Breadwinners >> Recommended Reading Mars and Venus are the Same: Old Theory Of Gender Differences a Myth! Defying the old adage promoted in 1992 bestseller 'Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus', a new book has claimed that the two genders are actually from the same planet. READ MORE Gender Differences Show Up in Risk Factors for Abuse of Prescription Drugs A new research has pointed out that there are clear gender differences underlying the risks of pain drug abuse. READ MORE It's Official: Men Do Face More Memory Problems Than Women Men are known to have problems remembering birthdays and anniversaries while women don't. And, now it's official, says a new study, which found that the instance of mild cognitive READ MORE 'New Man' Theory is a Lie as Women Still Do Lion's Share of Chores Women may have come a long way from being mere housewives to hotshot yuppies, but have men gone to being housekeepers rather than just breadwinners? Apparently not, as a new study READ MORE Body Types and Befitting Workouts Workout and diet which is well suited for a pear shaped body. READ MORE Walking As An Exercise People walk for many reasons ranging from pleasure to mental relaxation, finding solitude or for exercise. READ MORE Walking for Fitness and Weight Loss A few extra steps a day are enough to keep you fit. READ MORE Who Else Wants to Know How Walking Helps Heart and Brain? Walking early morning would improve your health as it helps heart and brain to function properly. Find more about its benefits for your body. READ MORE Most Popular on Medindia Sinopril (2mg) (Lacidipine) Nutam (400mg) (Piracetam) Fongitar (Zinc Pyrithionone) More News on: Body Types and Befitting WorkoutsWalking for Fitness and Weight LossWalking As An ExerciseWho Else Wants to Know How Walking Helps Heart and Brain?