Zero To 36% In Thirty Years – A History Of Female Undergraduates At Caltech

Carol Mullenax
2003 Annual Conference Proceedings   unpublished
Over the now thirty-four years of female undergraduate presence on the Caltech campus, a steady increase in female enrollment has occurred. The nature of this increase, the driving factors behind it, and the portion of the female population in engineering at the Institute over time are investigated and compared to both total Institute population and national norms. Motivation: The author hopes to quantify the enrollment gains for undergraduate women at Caltech, to determine whether the
more » ... hether the increases have been homogenous across fields of study, and also to detail what mechanisms have been employed by the Institute in order to encourage more women to enroll. Background: A small, private institution focused on science, math, and engineering, the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) is located in the quiet Los Angeles suburb of Pasadena, CA. Although women had taken part in graduate programs since the turn of the 20 th century, the Institute's first baccalaureate degree was awarded to a woman in 1973. To date, less than one thousand women are undergraduate alumnae of Caltech. Academics Caltech is organized into six divisions as shown in Figure
doi:10.18260/1-2--12305 fatcat:2fyox2kw25bxtfl7mnwohjevky