Volume 95, Issue 43

Friday, November 16, 2001
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Study: Canadian chicks dig university

By Mandrina Caputi
Gazette Staff

More women than men are enrolling in undergraduate studies at Canadian universities, according to a study recently released by Statistics Canada.

Last year, women accounted for 57 per cent of the full-time undergraduate student body at Canadian universities, said Jim Donnelly, a statistical officer with Statistics Canada.

The number of female students has increased by 10 per cent and the number of males has dropped by nearly three per cent over the past seven years, he said.

Between 1993 and 2000, enrollment of females aged 18-24 increased from 223,300 to 245,200, while the number of males decreased from 188,900 to 184,000, Donnelly confirmed.

The statistics come from a study conducted over a 10 year period and, Donnelly said, the increase in female enrollment appears to have been gradual.

Numbers at Western are consistent with the Statistics Canada figures.

James MacLean, data manager at the office of the registrar, said there is a higher number of females enrolling at Western. Of the 4,238 students enrolled for the 2000-2001 year, 2,335 were female and 1,903 were male.

The gender ratio is highest in the faculty of arts, where there are three female students for every male. The faculty of science had slightly higher numbers of women enrolling, with 507 females and 494 males.

Aniko Varpalotai, an associate professor in the faculty of education who specializes in women's and girl's education, said this increase may be due to the type of opportunities available to women.

"There are more vocations for men that don't require university education," she said.

While exciting, Varpalotai warned these statistics do not provide the whole story. "We need to look at the whole picture" she said. The undergraduate population tells only part of the story. There are other faculties where the numbers go the other way. It's still kind of genderized," Varpalotai said, adding women with university education still earn less than men.

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