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Frontiers of Education in China

Front Educ Chin    2009, Vol. 4 Issue (1) : 27-55     https://doi.org/10.1007/s11516-009-0003-4
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Women entering the elite group: A limited progress
LIU Yunshan1(), WANG Zhiming2()
1. Graduate School of Education, Peking University, Beijing 100871, China; 2. Graduate School of Education, Peking University, Beijing 100871, China
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Abstract

Based on studies of literature and the freshman admission data from 1978 to 2005 in Peking University, the research reveals how female student enrollments grew from nil to a considerable size, and how the exclusion of women college admission was overcome to achieve gender balance. However, the paper argues that this progress is limited in that class exclusion and the urban-rural gap is still significant in college enrollment, and there has been obvious sex segregation in the selection of specialties. So, equality from gender perspective alone is a “lame equality”. It is necessary to carefully examine what equality in higher education means to female students when both sexes have approximately equal opportunities to higher education, for to female students, the choice of specialty and the professional training are processes in which they have to continually submit themselves to male-centric knowledge.

Keywords higher education      female development      education equity      elite group     
Corresponding Author(s): LIU Yunshan,Email:ysliu@gse.pku.edu.cn; WANG Zhiming,Email:wzm109@gmail.com   
Issue Date: 05 March 2009
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LIU Yunshan,WANG Zhiming. Women entering the elite group: A limited progress[J]. Front Educ Chin, 2009, 4(1): 27-55.
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