ERIC Number: ED191392
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Nov
Reference Count: 0
The Cost for Women in Graduate and Professional Schools: More Than a Question of Money.
Fischer, Nancy A.; Peters, Sharon D.
Difficulties faced by the female graduate are considered. In an attempt to assess institutional discrimination against the female student, the following areas are examined: enrollment of men and women in different fields of study, matriculation and attrition rates, and biographical data. Literature is reviewed that considers the impact of the following variables on the academic and professional careers of women: family structure, faculty and colleague perceptions, lower level tracking, and lack of role models. Among the findings revealed by the literature review are the following: in almost all fields women graduate students are less likely to persist to obtain a doctorate than their male counterparts; women face barriers in admissions procedures and financial aid; the psychological support network in most male-dominated fields is severely curtailed for women; a female student is less likely to be taken under the wing of a professor because of her sex; course scheduling is usually arranged around full-time students, with few considerations for part-time students; and women are excluded from many traditionally masculine fields of study. (SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Sociological Association (Memphis, TN, November 1-3, 1979).