Nina Power’s article in the Guardian explores why women might be outnumbering men at university.
The reasons may not be straightforward, particularly when university is becoming ever more expensive with no guarantee of secure, well-remunerated employment that would enable one to repay their debts and live comfortably (as always, this is also gendered).
It is the dismal economic climate and lack of opportunity elsewhere in which many young women may feel that the 'university debt is worth it'. Therefore, as Power argues, we must be careful not to assume that more women attending university in the current context would necessitate a more empowered future.
Perhaps surprisingly, one consequence of the fee increase is the impact on gender. As the gap between men and women going to university grows to its highest level in modern times, we should ask ourselves what this means for the future of higher education, work and gender relations.