A discussion with Christine about the fact that the typical Australian undergraduate classroom is nearly 6/10ths female got me curious to go back to the statistics. Below are the long-run trends, both in absolute numbers and shares.
In 1949, 19% of undergraduates were women. Today, the figure is 58%. The 1974 reforms seem to have boosted the share of students who were women, but it wasn’t until 1986 that equal numbers of women and men were in the classroom. I haven’t shown the period since 2000 (since the data were in different spreadsheets), but there are no big changes that I can see over the past five years.