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.

Reinvesting in Women and Families: Developing an Economy for the Future (Summit October 2010)

Economic Security Summit
October 8, 2010
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Institute for Women & Work

The Institute for Women & Work is an applied research and educational resource center, which provides a forum for examining and evaluating the forces that affect women and work. The institute offers opportunities for women in New York State and nationally to develop skills, create linkages, explore concerns, build support systems, obtain technical assistance, and exchange ideas. With offices in New York City and Ithaca, and at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington D.C., the IWW is positioned to influence public policy, offer expert training, host seminars, and create connections among workers, advocates, employers, students, academics, and others who share a concern about women's role in the workplace.

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Institute for Women's Studies

The University of Georgia Institute for Women’s Studies provides a feminist interdisciplinary perspective on women and gender. Administratively a program in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, Women’s Studies cooperates with departments of all schools and colleges of the University in developing its curriculum and programming.

Traditional academic disciplines have devoted little systematic attention to issues of gender, race, class, and sexuality. In the past 30 years, feminist scholars have contributed to the reinterpretation of existing data and to the presentation of new knowledge about the diversity of women’s experiences. Through course work and outreach, the Institute for Women’s Studies offers students an opportunity to explore women’s lives in global and multicultural contexts.

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210 Herty Drive
Athens, GA 30602-1802
Ph. (706) 542-2846
Fx. (706) 542-0049
http://www.uga.edu/iws/
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Juanita Johnson-Bailey, Director
Ph. (706) 542-2846
E-mail: jjb@uga.edu

Cecilia Herles, Assistant Director
Ph. (706) 542-0734
E-mail: cherles@arches.uga.edu

Cicely Robinson-Jones, Business Manager
Ph. (706) 583-0495
E-mail: crob1117@uga.edu

Terri Hatfield, Program Coordinator
Ph. (706) 542-0066
E-mail: tlhat@uga.edu
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Center for American Women & Politics

The Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP), a unit of the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is nationally recognized as the leading source of scholarly research and current data about American women’s political participation. Its mission is to promote greater knowledge and understanding about women's participation in politics and government and to enhance women's influence and leadership in public life.

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191 Ryders Lane
New Brunswick, NJ 08901-8557
Ph. (732) 932-9384
Fx. (732) 932-6778
http://www.cawp.rutgers.edu/
cawp@rci.rutgers.edu


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Debbie Walsh, Director
Ph. (732) 932-9384 Ext. 227
E-mail: walsh@rci.rutgers.edu

Susan J. Carroll, Senior Scholar
Ph. (732) 932-9384 Ext. 235
E-mail: scarroll@rci.rutgers.edu

Katherine Kleeman, Senior Communications Officer
Ph. (732) 932-9384 Ext. 231
E-mail: kleeman@rci.rutgers.edu

Gilda Morales, Project Manager, Information Services
Ph. (732) 932-9384 Ext. 264
E-mail: gilda.morales@rutgers.edu

Susan Nemeth, Public Relations Specialist
Ph. (732) 932-9384 Ext. 229
E-mail: gsnemeth@rci.rutgers.edu

Kelly Dittmar, Assistant Research Professor
Ph. (732) 932-9384 Ext. 237
E-mail: kdittmar@rutgers.edu

Ruth B. Mandel, Board of Governors Professor of Politics and Director of the Eagleton Institute of Politics
Ph. (732) 932-9384 Ext. 228
E-mail: ruth.mandel@rutgers.edu
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NEW Leadership™

A national bi-partisan program developed by CAWP to address the underrepresentation of women in American politics. The six-day residential summer institute educates college women about the important role that politics plays in their lives and encourages them to become effective leaders in the political arena.

Ready to Run™

A national network of candidate recruitment and training programs committed to electing more women to public office.

Teach a Girl to Lead™

In 2011, President Obama challenged the nations of the world to take action to encourage women's public leadership. In response, a dozen nations, along with the U.S., have joined in the global Equal Futures Partnership launched by Secretary Clinton in 2012, with each country making plans to encourage women to participate fully in public life and to lead and benefit from inclusive economic growth. Teach a Girl to Lead™ is a new initiative from the Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP) to support and expand civic learning and engagement opportunities for girls and young women.

Pathways to Politics

Pathways to Politics brings teen-age Girl Scouts from around the nation to CAWP for two weeks to learn about women's political participation. In July 2008, CAWP hosted the third Pathways to Politics, building on successful programs in 2004 and 2006. Pathways is a collaboration between CAWP and the Girl Scouts of Central and Southern New Jersey under the national Girl Scout "Destinations" program.


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Lipman Chair

The Lipman Chair was created to honor the legacy of the late state senator, the first African American woman in the New Jersey legislature (full biography available here). The Chair was established in 2000 when Governor Christine Todd Whitman signed legislation that had been sponsored by the legislative leaders in both parties and passed in both houses without opposition. The Legislature has generously continued its support for the Lipman Chair.

CAWP Leadership Awards for Douglass Residential College Students

The Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP), a unit of the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers, recognizes the accomplishments and leadership potential of students from Douglass Residential College with three annual awards. Each award winner receives a cash prize and a certificate.


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Program on the Status of Education and Women (PSEW)

For nearly four decades, PSEW has provided support to women faculty, administrators, and students in higher education through its programs and publications. PSEW's current priorities include improving curricula and campus climates, promoting women's leadership, and disseminating new research on women and gender. Many PSEW networks, publications, and resources are available to anyone interested in the status of women in higher education, regardless of AAC&U membership status.

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1818 R Street NW
Washington, DC 20009
Ph. (202) 387-3760
Fx. (202) 265-9532
http://www.aacu.org/psew/
musil@aacu.org
campbell@aacu.org

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Caryn McTighe Musil, Project Director
Ph. (202) 387-3760 x426
E-mail: musil@aacu.org

Kathryn Peltier Campbell, Editor
Ph. (202) 387-3760 x403
E-mail: campbell@aacu.org
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Campus Women Lead 

Campus Women Lead (CWL) is an alliance promoting a multicultural women-led agenda for the sustained transformation of higher education for the twenty-first century. An affiliate of the Association of American Colleges and Universities, CWL advances women’s inclusive leadership for excellence through workshops, publications, and a community listserv. CWL includes leaders across all campus levels and divisions, within research centers, and from non-governmental organizations.


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Women's Leadership Project for Inclusive Excellence Workshops

Led by talented facilitators who are attentive to the needs of host institutions, these workshops encourage participants to analyze and recognize the interconnectedness of self, others, and institutional structures as an essential component of building and sustaining multicultural alliances. The workshops also guide participants as they identify the cultural resources that are integral to effective leadership and develop innovative strategies for building inclusive institutions.

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Project: CEW is working at the local level to increase welfare recipients' access to higher education

Project: CEW is working at the local level to increase welfare recipients' access to higher education, in collaboration with the Department of Human services, the county workforce development agency, area colleges and universities, and the Center for Civil Justice in Saginaw, MI.

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http://www.umich.edu/~cew/
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CEW Brief: “Access to Higher Education: Barriers and Benefits,”

CEW Brief: "Access to Higher Education: Barriers and Benefits," a fact sheet on access to higher education in Michigan and the U.S. http://www.cew.umich.edu/cewaction/facts.html

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http://www.cew.umich.edu/cewaction/facts.html
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“Michigan Women and the High-Tech Knowledge Economy,” Susan Kaufmann (2008)

"Michigan Women and the High-Tech Knowledge Economy," Susan Kaufmann (2008), explores barriers girls and women experience while outlining actions that state and federal government, local school boards, colleges and universities, and Michigan families can take to ensure that women take their full place in the highly-trained technology workforce.

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http://www.umich.edu/~cew/
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Black Women in the Ivory Tower, 1850-1954: An Intellectual History, Stephanie Y. Evans (2008)

Black Women in the Ivory Tower, 1850-1954: An Intellectual History, Stephanie Y. Evans (2008), chronicles Black women's struggle for access to higher education. http://www.upf.com/book.asp?id=evansf06

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http://www.upf.com/book.asp?id=evansf06

Campus Action Project 2008-2009: Where the Girls Are: Promoting Equity for All

"Women and Girls" is a comprehensive look at girls' and women's educational progress over the past 35 years, from elementary school to college and beyond. Despite overall gains, the report highlights specific groups of women and girls for whom progress has been slower. The objective of this year's CAP program is to provide a platform for campus programming that is informed by this research.

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