Particularly interesting is the chart comparing the educational attainment of women in the labor force in 1970 and 2010. In 1970, when I had my first summer job, 33 percent of women in the labor force had no high school diploma and only 11 percent had a bachelor's degree. The situation is now more than reversed. Seven percent of women in the labor force have no diploma and 36 percent have a bachelor's degree.
This change has come about as educational attainment has risen, and as more women with higher degrees have chosen to stay in the labor force while less-educated women have chosen or been forced to drop out of it.