Is romance more important to women in college than grades are? Why do so many women enter college with strong academic backgrounds and firm career goals but leave with dramatically scaled-down ambitions? Dorothy C. Holland and Margaret A. Eisenhart expose a pervasive "culture of romance" on campus: a high-pressure peer system that propels women into a world where their attractiveness to men counts most.
This well-documented book, the result of a 10-year study, reveals that gifted, motivated college women often scale down career aspirations in order to marry and strive for physical beauty at the expense of education. (Apr.)
Foreword Preface Part 1 - Introduction
1. Why Study Women's Responses to Schooling?
2. The Odyssey behind the Case Part 2 - The Theoretical Framework and Existing Studies
3. Reproduction Theory and the Gender Status Quo
4. Questions about Women's Responses to Schooling Part 3 - The Study
5. Campus Profiles and an Overview of the Study
6. Campus Life: The Past and the Present Part 4 - Gender Relations
7. Gender Relations Culturally Construed: Romance and Attractiveness
8. Girlfriends: Fragile Ties with Other Women
9. Getting into the World of Romance and Attractiveness
10. Strategic Moves: Postponing, Feigning, and Dropping Out of Romance
11. Gender Politics and Peer Divisions Part 5 - Academics
12. Schoolwork for What?
13. Pathways to Marginal Careers
14. Women's Discontents with the University Part 6 - Conclusions 15. Unfinished Lives Appendix: Research Design and Methods Notes References Glossary Index