Last year, U.S. colleges enrolled 1.5 million fewer students than five years ago, and men accounted for more than 70 percent of the decline. American colleges and universities now enroll roughly six women for every four men. This is the largest female-male gender gap in the history of higher education, and it’s getting wider.
While still in his mid-20s, François Poulain wrote three books which constitute the first rigorously reasoned attack on the patriarchy. Before that, proto-feminist women tended to defend their sex by citing the accomplishments of queens and heroines of history and myth. Poulain instead used logic to demonstrate the absolute equality of women and men, and to make the case for their right to equal treatment under the law, equal access to education, and equal professional opportunities.