The demographics of women have evolved and changed rapidly over the last half-century. Currently, women outnumber men in American colleges and universities. This reversal of the gender gap is a recent trend. As of 2009, 57 percent of bachelor's degrees, 60 percent of master's degrees, and 52 percent of doctoral degrees were awarded to women, according to the Department of Education. Fortunately for women, this increase in education translates into increased influence—and affluence.