While female students constitute 48 percent of Stanford’s undergraduate population and 37 percent of Stanford’s graduate population, 58 percent of students who have sought assistance from CAPS over the past four years have been female.
For Fishkin and other women in academia, however, balancing work and family life is an act that extends far beyond accruing degrees.
Take a look at any public service group and you’ll notice the startling gender disparity. Thomas Schnaubelt, executive director of the Haas Center for Public Service, has worked in more than 36 civic engagement institutions. He confirmed that the phenomenon of female public engagement trumping male participation is not limited to Stanford, saying that some research has shown the typical ratio for male to female participation in public service is approximately 3 to 7.