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Sexual Inequality in Higher Education

By Edited Nov 1, 2016 0 0

The competition for superiority among the two genders has been underway since the beginning of time.  Although neither side tends to verbally agree to such a race, both sexes subconsciously wish to out-perform the other. 

From virtually the beginning of time up, men have vastly dominated this rivalry.  However, within the past few generations women have made tremendous leaps and bounds to attain equality in this competition.  Everyday women gain ground on men in all fields and have even passed men in certain realms.  Specifically in the education sector, women have soared above and beyond men.

With such gains by women, the competition between the genders should be intensifying; however, the trend appears as if men lack the conviction to challenge the women.  To comprehend the relevance of this argument, one must understand the lop-sided history between the genders.  The so-called “boy crisis” in education simply does not refer to the current situation but the entire history of the male-orientated educational fields.

From the initial foundation of colleges and universities across all of Europe and the United States, the enrollment was strictly limited to men.  Even in small, one classroom school houses, the classes had a virtually all males. 

In previous generations, it was not considered lady-like to attend school or develop an education; a women’s role remained around the household.  This attitude of having women working only around the household made the workplaces extremely male orientated.  However, this did not remain the norm for too long as women slowly began to enter colleges and universities while entering the workplace. 

From a male’s perspective, this notion did not hold over well.  After having no women these fields, men did not act favorably towards women.  Although men resented the introduction of women, men did little to change the situation.

Men have been in the educational field for many generations before women.  They have set up a firm position in the amount of work and effort put forth through their studies.  The competition remained relatively low as only men participated in such activities.  However, now that women infiltrated this realm, a new wave of competition seemed to appear. 

Unfortunately, men did not seem to take notice or simply ignored the issue.  It is not that men now do not care about education as much as they used to.  Quite contrary, men have exuded the same amount of effort in their educational studies now as previous generations.  The only differences between current generations and past generations would be the addition of women to the field.

Simply put, women put more effort into their work then men.  However, since women have only been in competition for such little time, the overwhelming majority of women over men has some concerned with an actual crisis.

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