This fall, I heard a question I had never before encountered in my job helping women from low-income backgrounds complete a college degree: “Is this work still needed?”

The question came up in response to alarming reports about men’s plummeting college enrollment rates during the pandemic, including a viral Wall Street Journal article with a stark statistic: 19 percent more women than men were enrolled in college at the end of the academic year 2020-21.

In late October, the National Student Clearinghouse reported that men’s college enrollment has continued to decline this academic year; it has now dropped a total of 9.3 percent since fall 2019, compared to a 5.3 percent drop for women.

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