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But the 79 percent majority of men support the right to abortion if a woman has been raped. An even larger 87 percent of men support the right to abortion if a woman’s health is endangered. ■ Men are slightly more likely than women to support abortion for any reason. harcsda+gss06; calculations by New Strategist AMERICAN MEN 35 EDUCATION CHAPTER 2 Education ■ Men are better educated. Between 1950 and 2007, the proportion of men with a high school diploma climbed from 33 to 85 percent. The proportion with a college degree rose from 7 to 30 percent.

Among men aged 35 or older, more than 1 million are students. ■ Increasingly, education is viewed as a lifelong pursuit rather than something reserved for the young. html 48 AMERICAN MEN EDUCATION Men’s College Enrollment Rate Has Grown But the male share of college students has fallen slightly. In 2006, 66 percent of boys who graduated from high school continued their education by enrolling in college, up from 58 percent in 1990. Among girls, the proportion rose from 62 to 66 percent during those years.

Even so, today’s young men are far better educated than older men. Only 76 percent of men aged 65 or older have a high school diploma. The percentage of men with a bachelor’s degree peaks at 34 percent among those aged 55 to 59. Men in this age group are better educated than others because many went to college to avoid the Vietnam War. Without such an incentive, younger men have been less likely to graduate from college. Only 26 to 32 percent of men under age 45 have a four-year college degree.

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