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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 *****ly existed for women wishing to pursue higher education, and ***** many ***** these linger for ***** today, even if (supposedly) to a lesser extent. I may conclude based on exhaustive research and analysis combined, that discrimination against women in ***** education did exist; does in fact cont*****ue ***** exist, and to a greater extent than might be recognized by higher ***** administrators, faculty; counselors, and others; ***** such discrimination has *****en ***** continues to be detrimental, for women and for society as a whole: economically, *****ly and otherwise. I may also ***** that such discrimination ***** women in terms of higher education access, 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, and should increasingly be, subject to legal actions that are, in many such cases, now *****sufficiently and far too sporadically enforced. *****refore, ***** shall argue, in order to eradicate barriers to access ***** ***** education for *****, we ***** seek change in current attitudes ***** practices of institutions ***** higher *****. I will provide suggestions and rationales for programs and practices within higher educational institutions, some of which are in effect today in some places, ***** as women's re-entry *****, counsel*****g geared toward women students, and better access to financial, child care, and other assistance for today's female college, university, graduate school, ***** pr*****essional 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 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 and *****, 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 ***** access, ***** that in ***** ways continue to do so. In ***** to overcome ***** barriers ***** *****'s higher education ***** once and for all, I ***** use ***** *****, combined with my own analysis, to suggest ***** social attitudes about women, about the importance (***** necessity) of women's higher education, and current beliefs ***** the economic and ***** importance of higher ***** for women, by society and even among many women themselves, must ***** to reflect present-day realities.

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


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