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ERIC Number: ED237606
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Jun
Pages: 29
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Higher Education Fields of Study and Professional Employment: Trends in Sex Segregation during the 1970s.
Beller, Andrea H.; Han, Kee-ok Kim
Changes in women's attainment of higher education during the 1970s have been dramatic. This paper documents trends toward women acquiring a higher proportion of degrees at all levels and moving into traditionally male fields of study. In 1980, females were awarded nearly half of all baccalaureate and master's degrees, slightly less than one-third of all doctoral degrees, and one-fourth of all first professional degrees. Moreover, on the undergraduate level, there were substantial increases in women's representation in traditionally male fields of study like business and management, agriculture, engineering, and computer science. Using regression analysis, the decline in an index of sex segregation by field of study among baccalaureate degree recipients is shown to be associated with a decline in an index of sex segregation among professional occupations. These trends in higher education suggest that young women will exhibit a greater attachment to the labor force than their older counterparts. (Author/CMG)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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