20 August 2015, The Tablet

Female tilt in the gender balance

There will be twice as many women in British universities as there are men in 20 years’ time, if present trends continue. The latest figures following this year’s A-level results show that of the 409,000 admissions to university places awarded this summer, women outnumber men by 60,000. Clearly the received wisdom – that society discriminates to the disadvantage of women – is being stood on its head. But, there are worrying signs, at least among white working-class boys, of an anti-learning culture, in which sexism may play a part: it is being deemed unmasculine to want to study. That section of the population fares worse at school than, say, girls from a poor Asian family background. Black working-class boys also now do better. But the gender gap at university, wh
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