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.

Generation STEM: What Girls Say about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math

 Generation STEM is national research report investigating girls' perceptions, attitudes, and interests in the subjects and general field of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) from the voices of girls themselves. The report consists of a literature review, as well as qualitative (focus group) and quantitative (survey) research with 1,000 girls across the country. The study finds that girls are interested in STEM and aspire to STEM careers, but need further exposure and education about what STEM careers can offer, and how STEM can help girls make a difference in the world.

URL: 
http://www.girlscouts.org/research/publications/stem/generation_stem_what_girls_say.asp

Partner Violence and Girls’ Educational and Vocational Development

Partner Violence and Girls’ Educational and Vocational Development:

URL: 
http://csws.uoregon.edu/?p=12330

School Policies and Practices to Improve Health and Prevent Obesity

 National Elementary School Survey Results, School Years 2006–07 through 2009–10

URL: 
http://www.rwjf.org/childhoodobesity/product.jsp?id=73923&cid=XEM_205602

Low Literacy Means Lower Earnings, Especially for Women

 Appropriate literacy levels are crucial for both men and women seeking education and employment opportunities, but low literacy skills disproportionally hurt women’s chances of earning a sustaining wage.

by Jennifer Herard, Kevin Miller, Ph.D., Jane M. Henrici, Ph.D., Barbara Gault, Ph.D. (February 2012)

URL: 
http://www.iwpr.org/publications/pubs/low-literacy-means-lower-earnings-especially-for-women
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