Education & Education Reform

Women and girls have made substantial progress in educational attainment. Today in the US women receive more than half of all college degrees – and have almost achieved parity with men in advanced degrees in law, medicine and other disciplines. But several gaps persist, and more importantly, disparities remain among diverse women according to race, income, immigrant status and other socio-economic factors. Improving access to quality education for all students including adolescent girls and mothers needs to become a national and global priority. Explore the resources listed below, including Related Categories links, or use the Keyword Search for more information.

Death of Humanities? From Crisis to Blame

By Quailan Pantin, Programs Intern                                               

Speculation about declining interest in the humanities has ridden a rollercoaster of emotions and outrage. The results: Women are to blame.


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Trends in the Education Attainment of New Mothers

Pew Research Center released a report in May 2013 titled, Record Share of New Mothers are College Educated.  The report explored changing educational trends among new mothers.  “New mothers” include women between the ages of 15-44 who gave birth within the last year and those whose youngest child (living in their household) is less than one year old.


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Impact of Student Loan Debt Crisis on Women

On July 1st, the interest rates for government-subsidized Stafford student loans doubled from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent. Congress received a lot of criticism for its inability to find common ground with critiques focused on the consequences for more than 7.4 million students expected to take out loans this fall.

Last June, this same debate played out until a last moment deal extended then-current rates for one more year. Lawmakers, much like college students, seem to be great procrastinators in getting to their work. Although one could argue in this case that the stakes are a bit higher than passing a statistics exam.


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Women in Community Colleges: Access to Success

Women in Community Colleges: Access to Success

Women in Community Colleges: Access to Success (2013) explores an underappreciated part of our higher education system. The report looks at the role of community colleges in women’s education, including challenges women face in completing a certificate or degree, or in transferring to a four-year institution. The particular concerns and needs of student mothers’ and barriers women face in pursuing STEM and nontraditional fields are examined in detail. The report includes recommendations that will strengthen community colleges for all students.

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Higher education is essential to the productivity and innovation of the U.S. workforce, and ongoing economic challenges have only underscored this imperative. In 2009, President Barack Obama launched the American Graduation Initiative, a plan to dramatically increase the number of U.S. college graduates by targeting an o8en overlooked part of our national higher education system: community colleges.

Women in Community Colleges: Access to Success

Women in Community Colleges: Access to Success (2013) explores an underappreciated part of our higher education system. The report looks at the role of community colleges in women’s education, including challenges women face in completing a certificate or degree, or in transferring to a four-year institution. The particular concerns and needs of student mothers’ and barriers women face in pursuing STEM and nontraditional fields are examined in detail. The report includes recommendations that will strengthen community colleges for all students.

URL: 
http://www.aauw.org/resource/women-in-community-colleges/

Shelby County Teen Pregnancy and Parenting Needs Assessment

See: Shelby County Teen Pregnancy and Parenting Needs Assessment

FromThe Center for Research on Women at The University of Memphis

Author: Lynda M. Sagrestano, Puthbeth Finerman, Joy Clay, Teresa Diener, Naketa M. Edney, and Ace F. Madjlesi

Date Published: June 2012

 

Teaser: 
Adolescent pregnancy significantly impacts the educational attainment, economic security, and wellbeing of both teen parents and their children as well as teens’ ability to achieve their full potential. Recently the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) declared “Preventing Teen Pregnancy” one of six “winnable battles” because there is no cure yet to be found – we already know what works. 

Shelby County Teen Pregnancy and Parenting Needs Assessment

Adolescent pregnancy significantly impacts the educational attainment, economic security, and wellbeing of both teen parents and their children as well as teens’ ability to achieve their full potential. Recently the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) declared “Preventing Teen Pregnancy” one of six “winnable battles” because there is no cure yet to be found – we already know what works. The CDC points to four key strategies: 1) increase public awareness, 2) support evidence-based sex education programs, 3) increase access to contraception, and 4) get parents involved. Despite this seemingly concrete advice, teen pregnancy remains a complex challenge for communities to prioritize and systematically address. Shelby County teen birth rates are significantly higher than rates for the state. For teens 15-17, the county birthrate is 36.7/1000 women aged 15-17, as compared to 24/1000 at the state level.

URL: 
http://www.memphis.edu/crow/pdfs/tppsneedsassessmentlong.pdf
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LGBT Youth At Risk: Education, Health and Safety Series: Policy Brief 11: "Providing Inclusive Sex Education in Schools Will Address the Health Needs of LGBT Youth

See: LGBT Youth At Risk: Education, Health and Safety Series: Policy Brief 11: "Providing Inclusive Sex Education in Schools Will Address the Health Needs of LGBT Youth

FromCenter for the Study of Women at University of California, Los Angeles

Author: Marisol Sanchez

Date Published: December 2012

 

Implementation of programs that incorporate and address the health needs of lesbian, gay, and transgender (LGBT) youth will help reduce risky behaviors and negative health effects and create safer, more supportive, and more inclusive environments in the nation’s schools.
Teaser: 

Implementation of programs that incorporate and address the health needs of lesbian, gay, and transgender (LGBT) youth will help reduce risky behaviors and negative health effects and create safer, more supportive, and more inclusive environments in the nation’s schools.

LGBT Youth At Risk: Education, Health and Safety Series: Policy Brief 11: "Providing Inclusive Sex Education in Schools Will Address the Health Needs of LGBT Youth

Implementation of programs that incorporate and address the health needs of lesbian, gay, and transgender (LGBT) youth will help reduce risky behaviors and negative health effects and create safer, more supportive, and more inclusive environments in the nation’s schools.

URL: 
http://www.csw.ucla.edu/publications/policy-briefs/policy-briefs/CSWPolicyBrief11.pdf

Making Care Count: A Century of Gender, Race, and Paid Care Work

See: Making Care Count: A Century of Gender, Race, and Paid Care Work

FromCenter for Women and Work at University of Massachusetts, Lowell

Author: Mignon Duffy

Date Published: February 12, 2011

 

Teaser: 

There are fundamental tasks common to every society: children have to be raised, homes need to be cleaned, meals need to be prepared, and people who are elderly, ill, or disabled need care. Day in, day out, these responsibilities can involve both monotonous drudgery and untold rewards for those performing them, whether they are family members, friends, or paid workers. 

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