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

I intend to prove my thesis by first exhaustively researching women's access ***** (or the lack **********) ***** 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 o*****r sources, I shall trace patterns of higher educational discrimination, or limits to access, for women, and analyze key social, economic, and other factors that ***** in the past contributed to limiting ***** *****, and that in ***** ways continue to do so. In order to overcome ***** barriers to women's ***** education access once and for all, I ***** use my *****, combined with my own *****, ***** suggest ***** social attitudes about women, ***** the importance (***** necessity) of women's higher education, and ***** beliefs about the economic and ***** importance of higher ***** for women, ***** society and even among many ***** themselves, must change to reflect present-day realities.

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


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