Gender Inequality in Education [PDF]

Jessica Kristin Nowak
Doctoral School of Social Sciences, University of Białystok, Poland

Abstract: Education is a critical factor in achieving social equality, including gender equality. For this reason, ensuring equality in the provision of education should not only be a social priority but something natural and obvious. This topic was the subject of considerable debate among scholars for many decades. The beginnings of the struggle for equality of women are based primarily on the battle for access to education, which was essential in this regard. Therefore the gender education gap is decreasing, and nowadays, contemporary rarely persists in educated countries. As a result of the struggle of feminists, today, women around the Globe are more educated than at any point in history. Nevertheless, the phenomena such as “gender inequality” or “gender gap” understood more broadly than education, are still relevant problems. Thereby, men are still more educated and privileged. The problem is not only the degree of accessibility to education but also its content. Yet, current gender inequality is the result of super imposed stereotypical patterns, as well as prejudices and discriminations embodied in the system.
This article was written to introduce the issue of gender inequality in education. The given research problem in this study is as follows: where do gender inequalities in education become apparent? The aim of the study is to overview the current state of knowledge. Exploring this topic is crucial because this phenomenon has many negative consequences. This article aims to present the initial characteristics of the problem and draw attention to the issue. The method used is a literature review.
Keywords: education, gender discrimination, gender equality, gender gap, gender inequality.

In: Human, Technologies and Quality of Education, 2021 = Cilvēks, tehnoloģijas un izglītības kvalitāte, 2021
Rīga, University of Latvia, 2021. 1148 p. Ed. L. Daniela
ISBN 978-9934-18-735-3