Fullerton College: A Pictorial History

This is the cover of the 1974 catalog of the Technical Education Division. The cover photograph—an unfortunate choice because women were enrolled in technical education courses—reflected the belief by many female faculty members and students on campus that women had secondary status to men in higher education. At the time, women were steered toward secretarial, typewriting, and social and retail service employment positions rather than management or decision-making jobs. Working women often faced sexual discrimination in the mistaken belief that because they were married or most likely would get married, they would not be permanent workers. At the time of this photograph, women’s wages fell to 57 cents for every dollar earned by men.
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