Oklahoma State University (OSU) was founded as Oklahoma Agricultural and Mechanical College in 1890. In 1896, the first class of six male students graduated. And in 1914, the first female student graduated with a degree in agricullure from OSU. During the last five years, female students represented 20% to 24% of the undergraduate student population in the College of Agriculture. According to figures from the United States Department of Education, in 1970 only 4.2% of students earning a B.S. degree in Agriculture and Natural Resources were female. By 1985, this number had increased to over 31%. These numbers indicate that women have entered predominantly male fields of study and work during the last decades. But little is known about the level of acceptance by peers, teaching staff, the administration, future employers, and the work environment. Do female students enjoy their college training in a nontraditional field? Would they choose the same major again if they could remake their decision? Do they feel well prepared for future positions and are they finding satisfactory employment?



follow-up study, female graduates, Oklahoma State University, 1985-1989

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