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ERIC Number: ED162566
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: 0
First Professional Degree Awards to Women.
Brown, George H.
Changes in the percentage representation of women among recipients of first professional degrees are examined between the academic years 1970-71 and 1975-76. The data were collected through the annual Survey of Degrees and Other Formal Awards Conferred. A first professional degree is one that "signifies completion of the academic requirements for beginning practice in a given profession.'" Eight professions are considered: dentistry, medicine, optometry, osteopathic medicine, podiatry, veterinary medicine, law, and theology. While women increased their percentage representation in all eight of these professions, they still constitute a distinct minority in all fields, and available enrollment data suggest that these trends will continue. Data are presented on the percentage of women among first year enrollments in medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, and law for each year from 1971 to 1976. Women's percentage representation among first-year enrollments increased every year from 1971 through 1976. Data are presented on the relative popularity of the various fields among women seeking a first professional degree, and comparative data for men are presented. Based on the 1976 data, pharmacy is the field in which women are most highly represented, and the fields of law and medicine together account for 86 percent of all first professional degrees awarded to women in 1976. Appendices provide data on the numbers and percentages of degrees awarded to women by professional field for each year from 1970-71 through 1975-76. (SW)
Descriptors: Career Choice, Comparative Analysis, Degrees (Academic), Dentistry, Enrollment Trends, Females, Higher Education, Legal Education, Medical Education, National Surveys, Optometry, Osteopathy, Pharmaceutical Education, Podiatry, Professional Education, Statistical Data, Theological Education, Trend Analysis, Veterinary Medicine, Womens Education
National Center for Education Statistics, 400 Maryland Ave., S.W., Washington, D.C. 20202
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Center for Education Statistics (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Note: Fourth in a series on degree awards to women ; Chart on page 6 may not reproduce well due to small print