ERIC Number: ED361255
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Equal Opportunity for Women. Regents Policy Paper and Action Plan for the 1990s.
New York State Education Dept., Albany.
This document contains a policy paper and an accompanying background paper that documents the persistence in New York State educational institutions of unequal treatment and unequal achievement between the sexes--inequities that contribute to unequal career opportunities later on. The background paper reviews in detail the progress of New York State women between 1972 and 1992. In 1972, the Regents of the University of the State of New York found that they had to focus efforts in three key areas: job opportunities in education, sexual stereotyping in elementary and secondary schools, and equal opportunities for women in higher and professional education. Some gains have been made over these 20 years, particularly in women's attainment of college degrees. However, research on gender bias, wider attention to the prevalence of sexual harassment, and recognition of a "glass ceiling" in women's advancement help explain why the changes have been slow and far short of the level desired. Women continue to be overrepresented in certain traditionally female professions; tend to receive lower pay than men with less education; have tenured faculty positions less often; and continue to be less likely to hold the top educational administration posts. In response to this unacceptable situation, the Regents reaffirmed their commitment to gender equity by proposing an action plan aimed at achieving equal opportunity for girls and women in the 1990s and beyond. To move forward in achieving such improvement, in this document the Regents establish nine specific goals, indicators of progress, and a timetable for action to address the concerns raised by this re-examination of how females have fared in the educational institutions of New York State. (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Policymakers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: New York State Education Dept., Albany.
Identifiers - Location: New York