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


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

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

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


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