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

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My research will focus on historical ***** 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 ***** these linger for women today, even if (supposedly) to a lesser extent. I may conclude based on exhaustive ***** ***** analysis combined, that discrimination against women in higher education did exist; does ***** fact continue to exist, and to a greater extent than might be recognized by higher ***** administra*****rs, faculty; counselors, and others; that such discrimination has *****en ***** ********** to be detrimental, ***** women and for society as a whole: economically, socially and otherwise. ***** may also conclude that such ***** against women in terms of higher education *****, when practiced *****, must be eliminated. Discrimination of this sort is illegal. Those colleges, universities, pr*****essional ***** 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. Therefore, I shall argue, in order to eradicate barriers to access ***** higher education for women, we must seek change in current attitudes and practices of institutions ***** higher *****. ***** will provide suggestions ***** rationales for programs and practices within higher educational institutions, some of which are in effect today in some places, ***** as *****'s re-entry programs, counseling ge*****d toward women students, and better access to financial, child care, and other *****sistance for *****day's female college, university, ***** school, and professional school *****, many of whom are older, more ethnically diverse, and more diverse in ***** of background, learning ability, and other abilities than in the past.

***** intend to prove my *****sis ***** first exhaustively researching women's access ***** (or the lack thereof) higher educational opportunities, both past and in the *****. By using references, ***** historical and *****, 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 that have in the past contributed to limiting ***** access, ***** that in many ways continue to do so. In order to overcome these barriers to *****'s higher education access once and for all, I ***** use ***** *****, combined with my own *****, ***** suggest that social attitudes about women, about the importance (and necessity) of women's higher education, and current beliefs ***** the economic and ***** importance of higher ***** for women, by ***** and even among many ***** themselves, ***** ***** 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 Education of Women, 1866 (Davis 2003); Pioneers ***** Women's Education in the United States: Emma Willard,

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