The Female Advantage For Education

877 WordsNov 16, 20154 Pages
The female advantage in education has garnered much scholarly attention nationally and internationally in recent years. In the United States, women are now more likely to graduate from a four-year college than men and girls earn higher grades than boys throughout K-12 education on average. DiPrete and Buchmann investigate this gender gap in education and argue that the female advantage in education is not necessarily a “boy problem,” but a problem of the American educational system that fails to motivate and accommodate for students who are capable of obtaining a college degree but decides not to. While women’s educational performance and attainment exceed that of men’s on average, their low representation in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields, disadvantage beyond the educational realm, and the overall gender inequality in the society persist. Ridgeway and Correll posit that the hegemonic gender beliefs, reinforced by the social relational contexts of gender, produce and reproduce gender inequality in the larger society. Taken together, these scholars offer valuable insight into the gender system that structures men and women’s behaviors, expectations, and opportunities differently and often unequally in different domains of the society DiPrete and Buchmann investigate the apparent female advantage in education through extensive quantitative analyses. With various nationally representative data on students in primary, secondary, and post-secondary
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