We Will, We Will Rock You. (Just Kidding. Well, Not Really)
Absolutely fascinating article in the NYT concerning gender differences in higher education. I guess it gives me such a chuckle because I'm old enough to remember when the notion of a woman going to college was still a little bit cutting edge and I was certainly counseled to go for a teaching degree rather than, say, a law degree. My mom didn't go to college and my grandmother lived at a time when people seriously argued that college would be "bad" for women and that women just weren't "up to" doing stressful, college-level work. She did get a year at a women's musical seminary.
But as the times article notes, women are now attending college in greater numbers than men and are doing far better than men once they are there, earning, for example, the majority of honors degrees. Now, "[c]reating a balance of men and women is . . . an issue for all but the most elite colleges, whose huge applicant pools let them fill their classes with any desired mix of highly-qualified men and women But for others, it is a delicate issue. Colleges want balance, both for social reasons and to ensure that they can attract a broad mix of applicants. But they do not want an atmosphere in which talented, hard-working women share classes with less qualified, less engaged men."
Bwhahahhahha! Whoops, sorry. No gloating allowed. OK.
The article also touches on the much-reported "boy problem," the notion that there's somehow something terribly wrong with the current situation where girls are outpacing boys. As the mother of a son and the grandmother of a grandson, I've no desire to see boys do poorly. But I have to agree with Dr. Kleinfeld who is quoted in the article: "I hate to be cynical, but when it was a problem of black or poor kids, nobody cared, but now that it's a problem of white sons of college-educated parents, it's moving very rapidly to the forefront," Dr. Kleinfeld said. "At most colleges, there is a sense that a lot of boys are missing in action."
And, as the NYT notes, men still earn more money than women. For now.
I'm a woman, a Witch, a mother, a grandmother, an eco-feminist, a gardener, a reader, a writer, and a priestess of the Great Mother Earth. Hecate appears in the
Homeric Ode to Demeter, which tells of Hades who caught Persophone
"up reluctant on his golden car and bare her away lamenting. . . . But no one, either of the deathless gods or of mortal men, heard her voice, nor yet the olive-trees bearing rich fruit: only tenderhearted Hecate, bright-coiffed, the daughter of Persaeus, heard the girl from her cave . . . ."