Young Australian women are far more likely to have a university qualification than men, with 41 per cent of women aged 25 to 29 holding a bachelor degree or higher, compared with 28 per cent of men the same age.

Australian Bureau of Statistics figures released yesterday show differences between men and women's lives in Australia.

Women are surging ahead in education, but they fall behind men when it comes to earnings, economic security and financial stress.

In 2012, women earned an average of $31.20 an hour for non-managerial ordinary time work, compared with men who earned $35.40 an hour.

Men's cancer death rates are 60 per cent higher than women's and they are three times as likely to die in a traffic crash or commit suicide. Seventy per cent of men were overweight or obese, compared with 55 per cent of women.

Curtin University student Larissa Stanley, 29, said there were more women than men in her commerce tutorials. "I'm doing the degree for my own personal development," she said. "At my age, I know what I want to do so I can commit to my studies."

The West Australian

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