The Right Coast

January 03, 2005
Women Outnumbered Men in Graduate Studies at UC Berkeley as Far Back as 1905
By Gail Heriot

You hear a lot about how women outnumber men on college campuses these days. It's especially pronounced at the community college level. The male students who might otherwise have enrolled sometimes opt for military enlistment or for building trades instead. It is interesting to note, however, that the view that American women had a great feminist awakening in the 1950s and 1960s that led to a steady improvement in their level educational achievement relative to that of men is not quite right. According to the Centennial Record of the University of California, women outnumbered men in graduate studies at UC Berkeley from 1905 to 1909 and continued to be in rough parity till 1931 or so. Only then did men significant outnumber women.