Muslim Girls Are Outperforming Their Male Counterparts for the First Time

At British universities, Muslim women are showing how much drive and motivation they have to succeed in their fields. For the first time ever, Muslim women are academically outperforming Muslim men.

A recent study was done by Dr Nabil Khattab of the Doha Institute for Graduate Studies in Qatar and Professor Tariq Modood of the University of Bristol to take a closer look at the trend of young women outperforming young men. The researchers found that 25 percent of Muslim women between the ages of 21 and 24 have degrees, compared to 22 percent of Muslim men in the same age group. They also took 6,600 candidates in England and studied their General Certificate of Secondary Education results. For the 11-14 age range, Muslim girls had higher scores than Muslim boys.

“This is very interesting, given what we know about the gender gap among Muslims, not only in education but also in the labour market,” Khattab told The Guardian. “While older men are more likely to be degree-holders than their female counterparts, younger women are more likely to have degrees.”

These findings represent a bigger trend of educated women. For the first time ever, more American women are college graduates than American men. Muslim women, however, have been underrepresented in education, which is why this study is so important culturally.

Women in Islamic countries are progressing past their male counterparts at an impressive rate, despite the obstacles they face. In a 2014 report, the gender equality gap was the biggest in Islamic countries. The report took into account literacy rates, education enrollment, wage equality, labor force participation and more. In these categories, women fell below men.

The gender gap isn’t stopping the women who want proper education. Studies show that school attendance has increased over the years, and advocates like Malala Yousafzai are making the importance of education equality a worldwide issue. And women are still fighting for their right to a good education, despite the struggles they face and life-threatening situations they endure – no matter where they are in the world. Just in the past year, there have been attacks on girls’ schools in ISIS-occupied areas, as well as Islamophobia in Western parts of the world. Every day, Muslim girls face obstacles toward and good education and they still succeed.

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Jim Ven
Jim Venabout a year ago

thanks for sharing.

Siyus Copetallus
Siyus Copetallus1 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Sarah Hill
Sarah Hill1 years ago


Quanta Kiran
Quanta Kiran1 years ago

nice work!

Elaine W.
Past Member 1 years ago

Good job, Ladies!

Danuta Watola
Danuta W1 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Sara S.
Sara S1 years ago


ionela voroneanu-branea

thanks for sharing

Sharon B.
Sharon B1 years ago


Marie W.
Marie W1 years ago

And what will they do with an education will barefoot and pregnant in a burka?