ERIC Number: ED176667
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
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The New Woman and the Old Academe: Sexism and Higher Education.
Churgin, Jonah R.
Discrimination against women in U.S. society and the academic world is detailed in the eight chapters of this book. Inconsistencies in American society, and arbitrary societal standards that have perpetuated discriminatory behavior toward women are examined. Part I focuses on the socialization process that women undergo as Americans and as women students. It is suggested that historically women who have come from the lower class have not had the funds or parental encouragement to pursue a college degree. Women from middle class backgrounds have been confronted with a homemaker role model they were expected to emulate. The major portion of the volume, Part II, deals with sexism on campuses and the role of women in academe. Arguments concerning single sex colleges and the need for changes in higher education to meet the challenges of a modern world are presented. The arguments are illustrated with reports from Vassar College and Smith College. Alternative course offerings and women's studies programs are also investigated. Women in traditionally male-dominated professions, specifically law and medicine, are also discussed. Although altering curricula and changes in teaching technique will be important strategies for change, the need for a strong commitment to counseling and support services for women students is emphasized. Programs such as affirmative action and external degrees for women are discussed as possible mechanisms to alleviate some of the traditional problems that women students must face. (SF)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Admission (School), Affirmative Action, Ancillary Services, Books, Coeducation, Curriculum Development, Employed Women, External Degree Programs, Females, Feminism, Graduate Study, Higher Education, Professional Education, Sex Discrimination, Sex Fairness, Single Sex Colleges, Social History, Socialization, Womens Education, Womens History, Womens Studies
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Identifiers: Smith College MA; Vassar College NY