Gender Inequality 101
Posted on Aug 19, 2009
Conservatives love to claim we live in a post-racial or post-gender world, but researchers in England are reminding us of the persistent examples of inequality that mark our society. A new study demonstrates that women are less likely than men to be offered enrollment at England’s prestigious Oxford University despite having the same grades as, or even better grades than, their male counterparts. —J.C.
Women are less likely than men to be offered a place at Oxford University even when they have better grades and are from similar backgrounds, a study has found.
Academics at Oxford, Manchester and London University’s Institute of Education analysed details of 1,700 UK students who had applied to 11 Oxford colleges in 2002.
They asked students what kind of school they attended, their GCSE and predicted A-level results, the number of books they read in a year, and the jobs and qualifications of their parents.
Patriarchy rears its head at Oxford, where researchers find that men are twice as likely as women to be given a position in science, even when the women hold the same or better grades.