Ways & Means Podcast – Season 4!

Ways & Means Podcast – Season 4!


From the Sanford School of Public Policy
at Duke University this is Ways and Means, I’m Emily Hanford. Coming up on Ways and Means, the
little-known story of the National Defense Education Act — how this one piece of legislation, championed by two male lawmakers from the South — how this one law ended up inadvertently opening the doors to college for millions of
American women. This is political historian and Duke assistant professor
Deondra Rose. She’s the person who first wrote about how the National Defense
Education Act opened up college to women. The history she’s uncovered when it
comes to women in college, it isn’t pretty. Colleges routinely used gender quotas to
suppress the number of women admitted into their programs. Some colleges
actually just outright excluded women entirely. And they decided to basically
repackage their national scholarship proposal and to harness it to this
politics of crisis they gave it a fancy new title and they called it, “The
National Defense Education Act.” 2018 marks 60 years since passage of the NDAA. Tens of thousands of women receive financial aid under that legislation. Today women outnumber men on college campuses, they’re more likely to finish
college and they’re more likely to go to graduate school too. Hi! Come in!

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