ERIC Number: ED267348
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Jun
Reference Count: 0
The Elimination of Sexism in University Environments.
Forrest, Linda; And Others
Sexism in educational institutions has limited women's careers, educational opportunities, and employment. Examples of this inequity include the facts that: (1) few women are chief executives in colleges; (2) women faculty earn less than men faculty; and (3) implicit and explicit attitudes such as the "old boy" network cause problems for women. Scholars have begun to re-examine theories of human development for deficiencies in male-produced theory. Feminist scholars have found current campus environments not conducive to female growth and development because of a lack of support for women students' goals and lifestyles. Women may be more sensitive to the ill effects of their environment than are men. A conducive environment for women would recognize intimacy, responsibility for others, and the quality of relationships. Campus organizations would emphasize open, dynamic structures rather than hierarchial ones. Rules would fit the individual and process would revolve around the ability to care for others. An ecosystem model for managing the campus environment would be designed to include valuing, goal setting, programming, fitting, mapping, observing, and feedback with women's needs as a structure. Campus environments can be redesigned to maximize growth and development for all students. (ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - General; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Campus Ecology Symposium (2nd, Pingree Park, CO, June 25-29, 1984).