Gender equity in higher education and science – theory and practice Cover Image

Równość płci w szkolnictwie wyższym i nauce – teoria i praktyka
Gender equity in higher education and science – theory and practice

Author(s): Agnieszka Dziedziczak-Foltyn
Subject(s): Gender Studies
Published by: Łódzkie Towarzystwo Naukowe
Keywords: higher education; gender equality; gender equity; glass ceiling

Summary/Abstract: Gender equity, including that in higher education and science, is one of the topical issues of EU policies, as well as one of the questions analysed by foreign researches dealing with gender problems. While in Poland this issue is underestimated both by the politicians and local researchers, analyses and data show that the situation of women in higher education has significantly improved in recent years, and now it is women who dominate in universities. The opinion about the end of discrimination of women in schools of higher education (both in Poland and abroad) has become quite common and widespread. Moreover, there appear opinions about feminization of higher education. Statistics show that the number of studying women grow each year. There are still, however, clear gender divisions in terms of study profiles chosen by male and female students, and differences in fields of promotion. Also, there are clear divisions between career opportunities for men and women in the case of teaching and managerial staff in schools of higher education. This questions the opinion about feminization of higher education. What needs to be determined is whether the facts demonstrating gender differences in higher education demonstrate gender inequality (or even discrimination) or they merely reflect the situation observed in society for years.

  • Issue Year: 59/2010
  • Issue No: 3
  • Page Range: 87-107
  • Page Count: 21
  • Language: Polish