7-3 ratio of women to men university graduates in the Dominican Republic
More than 68% of university graduates during the first eight months of 2011 are women, according to a study carried out by the Center for Gender Studies at INTEC University in Santo Domingo. Women are excelling in non-traditional careers for women, such as mathematics and engineering, and increasing their presence in more traditional areas such as bio-analysis, medicine, education, accounting and business administration.
Listin Diario reports that during the first eight months of 2011, 8,224 students have graduated, of whom 5,439 are women and 2,785 are men. The trend of more women to men graduates has maintained itself over the years, but the ratio is increasing in favor of the women.
The study analysed graduates of the state university, UASD, PUCMM, INTEC, UNIBE, UNICARIBE, UNAPEC, UTESA and O&M.
Lourdes Contreras, director of the Center for Gender Studies at INTEC, told Listin Diario that despite the large number of academically qualified women in the country, men still have the advantage when it comes to finding good jobs. She said more qualifications are required of women, and men receive better wages.
“The higher the level of academic training between a man and a woman the greater the wage gap,” she added.
Contreras said that women in the DR still measure their relative success according to marriage and motherhood, while men focus on their successes outside of the family.