Women Doing Better at Uni – But is the Battle for Equality Won?

Woman with qualifications Everyone is talking about the gains women are making in higher education – clearly putting them above their male colleagues. According to a report by the Higher Education Policy Institutewomen are more likely to get places in the top universities and go on to get better grades. Women have also been entering university in greater numbers than men in recent years – with the participation rate for young women standing at 49%, compared with 38% of young men. The report also disproves the notion that men dominate in the most highly-regarded subjects and institutions, such as law and medicine. Women are taking more places at prestigious Russell Group universities and on the most sought-after courses – the only exception being Oxbridge where women and men are now level. While this is fantastic news, my own work with those in higher education versus the actual working women indicates that the real challenges begin after women are in employment - combining work and family, negotiating power politics and adapting their communication style to those of the men they work with. It is far too early to claim that the equal opportunities agenda is now redundant and the battle for equality "won".

 
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