The implications of women's increasing access to higher education in the OECD countries

Year: 2012

Author: Parvazian, Somayeh, Gill, Judith, Chiera, Belinda

Type of paper: Abstract refereed


Over the past four decades, higher education institutions around the world have moved from elite to mass and then universal higher education. This change is seen as a consequence of globalization, and has led to reforms in the higher education sector through economic, academic, cultural and political rationales. This study focuses on one particular aspect of reforms: women's increasing participation in higher education, to identify and analyze its relationships with other socio-cultural aspects of women's lives. These relationships are studied in terms of a collection of life dimensions such as economic activity, earnings, family structure and political participation.