Women's Status in Higher Education: Equity Matters AEHE, Volume 37, Number 1

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2011-04-12
  • Publisher: Wiley

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To What Extent has gender equity been achieved for women studying and working in the context of postsecondary education in the United States? Elizabeth Allan explores this question beginning with a brief history of equity advances over the last century. She reviews a range of feminist theories as a conceptual framework for reviewing current scholarship about women's status in higher education as well as providing readers with multiple lenses through which to make meaning of that scholarship and its implications for change making. Current data relative to women's representation as students, faculty, staff, and administrators and scholarship related to campus climate for women are delineated. Predominant strategies for enhancing women's status are reviewed, including activism, organizing, and women's networking; policy-focused strategies; mentoring; augmenting institutional infrastructures; leadership development; altering organizational norms and practices; and transforming the curriculum for women's studies, feminist epistemology, and women-focused research centers. Strategies are analyzed through the lenses of feminist theories, revealing an overreliance on several perspectives that tend to eclipse alternate ways of understanding the issues and formulating potential solutions. The monograph concludes with recommendations for further research and for expanding the range of strategies to enhance women's status. Book jacket.

Author Biography

Elizabeth J. Allan is professor of higher education at the University of Maine.

Table of Contents

Executive Summaryp. vii
Forewordp. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Women's Status in Higher Education: Background and Significancep. 1
Guiding Assumptions and Questionsp. 3
Historical Contextp. 4
Legislative and Policy Initiativesp. 7
Women in the Curriculump. 8
Scholarshipp. 9
Organization of this Monographp. 12
Framing Women's Status Through Multiple Lensesp. 15
Why Theory?p. 16
Why Feminist Theory?p. 17
Multiple Framesp. 19
Summaryp. 31
Examining Women's Status: Access and Representation as Key Equity Indicatorsp. 37
Women's Access to Postsecondary Educationp. 38
Representation of Women Students in Higher Educationp. 42
Cocurricular Representationp. 47
Graduate Studentsp. 50
Facultyp. 52
Women Staff in Higher Educationp. 55
Women and Governing Boardsp. 61
Summaryp. 62
Examining Women's Status: Campus Climate and Gender Equityp. 65
Classroom Climatep. 67
Climate Beyond the Classroomp. 70
Climate for Women Staff, Faculty, and Administratorsp. 75
Salary Equityp. 88
Summaryp. 90
Advancing Women's Status: Analyzing Predominant Change Strategiesp. 93
Organizing Schemesp. 94
Enhancing Gender Equityp. 98
Summaryp. 117
Implications and Recommendationsp. 119
Recommendations for Further Researchp. 119
Implicationsp. 121
Recommendations for Practicep. 124
Summing Upp. 125
Referencesp. 127
Name Indexp. 149
Subject Indexp. 155
About the Authorp. 163
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