Few things are more important than making sure we provide every child with a first-class education.

President Obama has championed a number of policies that are helping more kids graduate from high school than ever before. School Improvement Grants are turning around “dropout factories,” or schools that graduate less than 60% of their students. We’re also on our way to connecting 99% of schools to high-speed internet through the President’s Connect Ed initiative. And by “schools,” I mean every seat in every classroom.

I’m a policy wonk, but I’m also a mom who is relieved, proud, and encouraged that the Administration’s work and the hard work of all Americans to bring our economy back from the brink of collapse is succeeding. I hope that these charts are as encouraging to you as they are to me. We have more work to do, but we do it knowing that we have come a long way over the last 6 years.

Thanks for following along! It’s be a lot of fun.

- Cecilia

Next up, let’s talk about college: Women now make up the majority of college and graduate students. Nice work!

Since the mid-1990s:

  1. A greater share of young women have obtained four-year college degrees than men.
  2. The share of young women enrolled in both undergraduate and graduate study has increased.
  3. Most 18 to 34 year-old students are enrolled in undergraduate programs, and the percent enrolled in graduate school has gone way up.

Today, the share of young women enrolled in graduate school is more than 25% higher than the share of men. Learn more about how President Obama’s fighting to make college more affordable for women (and men).