At a time when women in higher education were a rarity


Does "At a time" below equate "At an age?"
Besides, what does "in" in the following refer to? Thanks.

--At a time when in higher education were a rarity, Marie Curie ended up as a Doctor of Science and went on to win two Nobel prizes as one of the greatest scientists of this century.
  • solamentehayunajefa

    Senior Member
    English-England, Spanish-Mexican
    'In' in this context refers to when someone is continuing to study after school. So basically someone 'in higher education' is someone who is still studying (not at school) but for a degree or postgraduate etc etc

    'At a time' does sort of equate to 'at an age' but 'age' refers to more of a greater period of time like an era

    Hope this helps


    Senior Member
    English, UK
    Hi, swayingrass,

    solamentehayunajefa (hope I've typed that right!) is quite correct.

    'in higher education' means 'continuing education beyond school, eg at university'.

    'at a time' means usually 'at a period of history, during an era when...'

    'During a period of history in which women rarely pursued education beyond school level, Marie Curie...'

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