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The issues you are raising are very interesting to me. There is probably
someplace on the Internet that has statistics on absolute numbers of college
admission by gender. I always thought college (and more especially graduate
school) admissions went up during recessions and down during booms.
But to take gender equality in psychology: I'm a psychologist too. I'm 50,
but I finished my degree in 1998. So I was an undergraduate in 1970, when
only 2%!!! of psychologists were female. Up until that time, tremendously
distorted views of women can be found all over the clinical literature. Now,
I believe, 70+% of grad. psych. students are female. I think this may
contribute to intellectual distortion in the opposite direction. The
feminization of psychology may also be contributing to reduction in average
independent practice fees (perhaps because women are socialized not to think
they can ask for real money) and to lowered prestige of the field in the eyes
of the public.