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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 wish*****g to pursue ***** education, and ***** many of these linger for women **********, 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 in fact continue ***** exist, and to a greater extent than might be recognized by higher ***** administrators, faculty; counselors, and others; ***** such discrimination has been and ********** to be detrimental, ***** women and for society as a whole: economically, *****ly and otherwise. I may also ***** that such discrimination against women in terms of higher education access, when practiced today, must be eliminated. Discrimination of this sort is illegal. Those colleges, universities, professional and graduate schools, and other institutions of ***** learning practicing it today are, and should increasingly be, subject to legal actions ***** are, in many such cases, now *****sufficiently ***** far too sporadically enforced. Therefore, I shall argue, in order to eradicate barriers to access ***** higher education for *****, we ***** seek change in current attitudes and practices of ***** ***** higher *****. ***** will provide suggestions ***** 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 today's female college, university, ***** school, and ***** school students, many ***** whom are older, more ethnically diverse, ***** more diverse in ***** of background, learning ability, and other abilities than in the past.

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

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


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