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BYU Credited With Completing Shift In Utah To More Women Graduates
Excite News (Daily Universe) 23May00 D3
By Angela L. Davenport: The Daily Universe

PROVO, UTAH -- According to the Utah System of Higher Education 1998-1999 reports, there are now more female graduates than male graduates with bachelor degrees. Utah is the last state in the union to make this shift.

Diane Spangler of the BYU Psychology Department said that the delay in making the shift was due to the fact of the role assignment that is given to men and women. "LDS culture discourages women from having careers," Spangler said.

Women became the predominate gender on Utah college campuses between 1998 and 1999. Now approximately 52 percent of graduates are women and 48 percent are men.

For the past two decades more women have applied to BYU than men and more women have been accepted. However, it wasn't until 1998 that more women began to actually graduate.


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