Gender Rolls Essay

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End of Gender Roles in White America and the over-representation of women in University Education and their above average performance. Abstract: From the late 19th Century onwards the women rights movement has gradually increased women’s employment avenues, opportunities in higher education, and upward mobility in general. This change in the dynamic has eroded traditional gender roles for women in the white community, which has had many unintended consequences, among them is an over-correction of ratios in university education and their performance in them. The purpose of this paper is to analyze it more carefully, namely: End of Gender Roles in White America and the over-representation of women in University Education and their above average performance. Women in Higher Education: According to United States Census Bureau estimate, there are 15.3 million men vs. 14.1 million women in the age group of 18-24, [source: http://www.census.gov/], however in the nationwide university population, the male to female ratio today [2007] is 43 % to 57%, a reversal of the historical pattern [from 1960s onwards] To understand that change in the social fabric, one has to look more closely to the change of gender roles in the society in the recent history. Basically, the blue-collar jobs [that were the main stay of white male high school graduates] are drying up. In general United States has been making a gradual (and some may argue, painful) transition from a manufacturing economy to service/knowledge-based economy. Under such a situation any physical advantage of men in trade based employments over women is more then neutralized with college education based intellectual and knowledge based skill. Resulting in women have more avenues of succeeding in the professional world. That has led to a pattern where women have more positive role models to convince them of the

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