ERIC Number: ED049489
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Mar-15
Reference Count: 0
The Evolving Role of the Women's Liberation Movement in Higher Education.
Oltman, Ruth M.
While increasing numbers of women are attending college today, their professional opportunities remain limited and many types of discrimination exist. A major thrust to improve the role of women in academe is developing from diverse sources and one of these efforts is a survey conducted by the American Association of University Women (AAUW) to document aspects of the role of women in higher education. Of AAUW's member institutions, 454 responded to a questionnaire which explored personnel policies affecting women, special programs designed for mature women students, women's participation in decision making, utilization of women's abilities in major offices and committees, and general attitudes of administration regarding women. Results support the growing data that women do not have equal status with men in academe. At every level - student body, administration, faculty, and trustees - women are under-represented or placed in positions with little power. Institutional and organizational policies which may contribute to discrimination or hinder professional development should be identified and changed. Active recruitment of women for administrative and faculty positions should be encouraged. Only then can women realize their professional potential. (RSM/Author)
Publication Type: N/A
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Authoring Institution: American Association of Univ. Women, Washington, DC.
Note: Paper presented at the American Association of University Women Convention in Chicago, Illinois, March, 1971