Essay - Women in Higher Education: Past and Present Barriers to Access...


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Women in Higher Education: Past and Present Barriers to Access, Causes, ***** Solutions

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My research will focus on historical and present barriers to women's access ***** higher education. The thesis of my argument is that economic, social, and psychological barriers have *****ly existed for women wish*****g to pursue ***** education, and that many of these linger for women today, even if (supposedly) to a lesser extent. I may conclude based on exhaustive ***** and analysis combined, that discrimination against women in higher education did exist; does ***** fact continue ***** exist, and to a greater extent than might be recognized by higher education administra*****rs, faculty; counselors, and others; that such discrimination has ********** and *****s to be detrimental, for women and for society as a whole: economic*****lly, *****ly and otherwise. ***** may also conclude that such discrimination against women in terms of higher education *****, when practiced today, must ***** eliminated. Discrimination of this sort is illegal. Those colleges, universities, professional ***** graduate schools, and other institutions of ***** learning practicing it today are, and should increasingly be, subject to legal actions ***** are, in ***** such cases, now insufficiently ***** far too sporadically enforced. *****refore, I shall argue, in order to eradicate barriers to access to higher education for *****, we must seek change in current attitudes and practices of institutions ***** higher *****. I will provide suggestions and rationales for programs and practices within higher educational institutions, some of which are in effect ***** in some places, ***** as women's re-entry programs, counsel*****g geared toward women students, and better access to financial, child care, and other *****sistance for *****day's female college, university, graduate school, and ***** school *****, many of whom are older, more ethnically diverse, ***** more diverse in ***** of background, learning ability, and other abilities ***** in the past.

***** intend to prove my *****sis ***** first exhaustively researching women's access to (or the lack thereof) higher educational opportunities, both past and in the present. By using references, both his*****rical ***** current, including books; scholarly articles; magazine articles; government documents, and various o*****r sources, I shall trace patterns of higher ***** *****, or limits to access, for women, and analyze key social, economic, and other factors that have in the past contributed to limiting ***** *****, ***** that in many ways continue to do so. In ***** to overcome these barriers to *****'s ***** education access once and for all, I ***** use my *****, combined with my own analysis, ***** suggest that ***** attitudes about women, about the importance (***** necessity) of women's higher education, and ***** beliefs about the economic and social importance of higher ***** for women, by ***** and even among ***** women themselves, ***** change to reflect present-day realities.

I ***** use ***** sources to support and help prove the main ideas in my thesis, beg*****ning with his*****rical works (for example, The Higher Education ***** Women, 1866 (Davis 2003); Pioneers of Women's Education in the United States: Emma Willard,

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