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ERIC Number: ED243625
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Mar
Pages: 11
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Chicanas and Higher Education.
Coker, Dolores Muga
Hispanic women still face educational and employment handicaps rooted in racial and sex-related discrimination. Because Hispanic women are the product of two cultures (the traditional Mexican American culture inside the home and the dominant American culture outside the home), they sometimes face a struggle. Although research indicates that Mexican American girls have higher aspirations and think learning is more important than do Mexican American boys, they still receive less schooling. Under 6% graduate from college, as compared to 9% of Mexican American males. Their low educational attainment may be due to the fact that school is unrelated to success in traditional Mexican American roles. Their educational and occupational attainment may be restricted by their adherence to traditional cultural values which emphasize male supremacy, maternal self-sacrifice, and the maintenance of family roles at the expense of other roles for women. While elementary and secondary teachers should be sensitive to the culture of Hispanic women in order to avoid home-school conflicts, counselors should guide Hispanic women towards non-traditional careers. Texts and other classroom materials should avoid perpetuating stereotypes about Hispanic female submissiveness. Further study of the subject is needed. (SB)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Chicanas; Texas
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the National Association for Chicano Studies (12th, Austin, TX, March 8-10, 1984).