2020 Update: “For every 100 girls…..” Part I

In 2011, Thomas G. Mortenson, senior scholar at the Pell Institute for the Study of Opportunity in Higher Education in Washington, D.C. and independent higher education policy analyst, put together and published the 100+ item list “For Every 100 Girls….” on Education Week. In an email, Tom explained to me that “At the time I wrote it initially I was hearing and reading that boys were no different than girls, and the data I was looking at said something very different. Our differences are important, to both genders, and should be respected. Education has a long way to go to recognize, appreciate, and address these differences through educational opportunities tailored to these differences.”

With Tom’s permission, I’ve updated about half of the items on the original list with the most recent data available and added some new items that demonstrate empirically the many significant differences between boys (men) and girls (women) on many measures of health outcomes, educational outcomes, educational and learning disabilities, suicide and homicide rates, incarceration rates, alcohol and drug abuse, behavior problems leading to suspension or expulsion in school, homelessness, etc. See last year’s 2019 update here.

Over the next several days I’ll feature sections of my new “For Every 100 Girls….” list on CD, and once all 62 items have been posted, I’ll create a document with the entire list and make that available online.

Birth and Death (19)  

  • For every 100 girl babies who die in the first 27 days of life 126 boy babies die.
  • For every 100 girl babies who die after the first 27 days but in the first year of life 127 boy babies die.
  • For every 100 girls ages 1 to 4 years who die 129 boys die.
  • For every 100 girls ages 5 to 14 years who die 134 boys die.
  • For every 100 girls and women ages 15 to 24 years who die 262 boys and men die.
  • For every 100 women ages 25 to 34 who die 233 men die.
  • For every 100 women ages 35 to 44 who die 175 men die. 

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics

MP: For those in the social constructionist movement who argue that the differences between men and women are entirely social conventions, how can these significant differences in gender be explained?

See chart above that includes some of the items above, and items that will appear in Part II and Part III.

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