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Evidence of Abundance #7: Empowering Women

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This week, our Evidence of Abundance focuses on empowering women.

Over history, women haven't had equal access, but data today is showing an extraordinary shift in this paradigm.

The following graph depicts the percentage of degrees awarded to women, using data from the U.S. Department of Education and the National Center for Education Statistics.

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As of the mid-90s, over 50 percent of women have a bachelor's and master's degree, compared to about 35 percent and 30 percent, respectively, in 1920.

The shift in professional degrees is even more dramatic. In the 1920s, hardly any women had law or medical education. As of the 90s, the number of women holding these degrees has risen to some 40 percent of the population.

In terms of education, women are entering their own world of abundance.

Here's another one that shows we're closing the gender gap. This shows the ratio of women's wages to men's wages by age group and year.

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We're starting to close this gap. Women are getting equal rights in the workforce to men today, and this will only continue.

Here at XPRIZE, I'm proud that the majority of senior management are women. They represent a part of the workforce, a part of the human intellect that will make one of the biggest differences on the planet ever.

Women, we're entering your age of abundance. Men, it's time to join the movement.

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