by Margot Kaminski

What Jewish College Students Really Think about Gender Roles

A just-released study on America’s Jewish college freshmen holds some surprises not covered in the accompanying press release. Among other things, the Hillel-sponsored study reveals that raising a family now ranks as these students’ most important life goal. (In a 1977 survey, raising a family ranked third.) Nearly half of the students reported that their mothers have earned a graduate degree, compared with less than 15 per cent of the mothers of non-Jewish students. In addition, the survey reveals a sharp decline in the percentage of students, both Jewish and non-Jewish, with stay-at-home mothers: nearly half of all mothers in 1971, compared to today’s only 8.9 percent of Jewish mothers and 11.4 percent of non-Jewish.

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