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How Higher Education Policies Made American Women ‘First-Class Citizens'

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Courtesy of Deondra Rose
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Many people credit the feminist movement with the striking shift in gender dynamics in the United States over the second half of the 20th century. Women earn college degrees at higher rates than men, and they have also made large political and socioeconomic strides. 

In her new book, Deondra Rose argues that the change for women is not only due to social changes, but also to policy changes put into place at the national level. “Citizens By Degree: Higher Education Policy and the Changing Gender Dynamics of American Citizenship” (Oxford University Press/2018) examines two higher education policies that Rose says were “accidentally egalitarian,” along with Title IX.

Guest host Anita Rao talks to Rose about these policies and how they allowed women to become “first-class citizens.” Rose is an assistant professor of public policy and political science at Duke University.

Amanda Magnus grew up in Maryland and went to high school in Baltimore. She became interested in radio after an elective course in the NYU journalism department. She got her start at Sirius XM Satellite Radio, but she knew public radio was for her when she interned at WNYC. She later moved to Madison, where she worked at Wisconsin Public Radio for six years. In her time there, she helped create an afternoon drive news magazine show, called Central Time. She also produced several series, including one on Native American life in Wisconsin. She spends her free time running, hiking, and roller skating. She also loves scary movies.
Anita Rao is an award-winning journalist and the host and creator of "Embodied," a live, weekly radio show and seasonal podcast about sex, relationships & health. She's also the managing editor of WUNC's on-demand content.
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