More Utah women are enrolling in college, but new report says many fail to finish or they pursue lower-paying careers than male peers

Apr 8, 2018 by

Amber Bird always wanted to go to college. But after her first pregnancy, she no longer felt like she belonged at Brigham Young University.

“It was something that was really hard for me to admit to myself,” Bird said Tuesday, highlighting some of the challenges women face in Utah’s higher education system. “Becoming a mom in some way made me feel like I was disqualified from going to school.”

Bird ultimately decided that pushing her dreams aside would hurt, not help, her family. So she completed her undergraduate degree at the Provo school in December — the same year her daughter was born — and plans to start a master’s program at BYU this spring.

“Kids in tow doesn’t make a woman any less able to accomplish something,” said Bird, who plans to be an English professor and is now expecting her second child. “I feel like I can’t stop going to school.”

She recounted her experiences to members of the state’s Women in the Economy Commission on Tuesday as the panel released a study on the representation of female students at Utah’s colleges and universities.

The study found that women have made significant gains on Utah’s campuses and in some ways fare better now than their male counterparts, based on a review of nearly two decades of education data.

Source: More Utah women are enrolling in college, but new report says many fail to finish or they pursue lower-paying careers than male peers – The Salt Lake Tribune

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