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Gender Inequality and Higher Education

Jerry A. Jacobs
Annual Review of Sociology
Vol. 22 (1996), pp. 153-185
Published by: Annual Reviews
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2083428
Page Count: 33
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Abstract

This paper reviews a diverse literature on gender and higher education. Gender inequality is more pronounced in some aspects of the educational systems than in others. The analysis distinguishes 1) access to higher education; 2) college experiences; and 3) postcollegiate outcomes. Women fare relatively well in the area of access, less well in terms of the college experience, and are particularly disadvantaged with respect to the outcomes of schooling. Explanations of gender inequality in higher education should distinguish between these different aspects of education and should explain those contexts in which women have attained parity as well as those in which they continue to lag behind men.

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