Department of Education Reports Gains for Women in Academe

Women are now in the majority in undergraduate and graduate education according to a report released by the U.S. Department of Education on Tuesday.

The report, “Trends in Educational Equity of Girls & Women,” shows that in 1997, 70 percent of women enrolled in college after high school compared with 1972, when only 46 percent of women enrolled. Moreover, women represented 56 percent of graduate students in 1996, compared with 39 percent in 1970.

The survey, which compared female and male students in 44 categories, also revealed that women are still more likely to pursue careers in lower-paying fields such as education and psychology and less likely to major in math or science, although the gap between women and men in these fields is narrowing.


The Chronicle of Higher Education - 26 April, 2000

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