Women

Welfare Reform and Women's College Enrollment

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The whole idea behind the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 -- the formal name of the biggest reform of the federal welfare system in decades -- was to push more people off the federal dole and into the work force. By that measure, it undeniably worked: Welfare rolls have declined by about half since 1996, with much of the decline attributable to the policy changes, and employment rates have grown for many of those groups historically well-represented on welfare.

Rooming With Your Child

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College of Saint Mary offers alternative on-campus housing opportunity for single mothers.

Fieldwork with Three Children

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At annual meeting, anthropologists discuss mothering in, and of, the field.

Women Abroad and Men at Home

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Persistent gender gap in study abroad, even as total enrollments rise, puzzles many experts.

The Teaching Paradox

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Women who teach English and other languages are more satisfied with classroom work than other aspects of their jobs, but report shame over pride in areas other than research, survey finds.

The Second Shift in Academic Medicine

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Study points to unequal home patterns and lack of flexible work options as possible explanation for the departure of women from medical school faculties.

Ignorance About 'Stop the Clock' Policies

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The best of colleges' "family friendly" policies may be profoundly unfriendly if you tell new parents about them, but not other key people -- such as those who evaluate those new parents for tenure.

Rejecting the Academic Fast Track

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Graduate students increasingly care about a "family friendly" work environment -- and doubt they can find one at a research university, survey finds.

More Women on College Boards

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National survey finds slow but steady progress in gender diversity among higher education trustees.

Half Empty or Half Full

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New report attempts to gather key data on women in higher education -- students, faculty, administrators -- and to analyze key issues. In just about every category, study finds progress and disappointments.

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