Access & Disparities

Despite recent progress, women do not have equal access to educational opportunities. Socio-economic and racial disparities persist, particularly for immigrants and women of color. More effort needs to be focused on improving access to college preparatory and post-secondary education for low-income girls. Efforts need to include comprehensive sex education and teen pregnancy prevention as well as extended and flexible degree programs for single mothers. More focus is needed on making “hard sciences” (physics, chemistry, engineering) and technology more appealing to girls both in the classroom and as part of after-school activities.

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Location: 
United States
38° 55' 10.8948" N, 77° 2' 17.3688" W

Caryn McTighe Musil is the Senior Vice President at the Association of American Colleges and Universities and oversees the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Global Initiatives. Under her leadership, the office has been working to mobilize powerful and overlapping educational reform movements involving civic, diversity, global learning, women’s issues, and personal and social responsibility.

Dr. Musil is currently directing a multi-project national initiative, “Core Commitments: Educating Students for Personal and Social Responsibility,” that focuses on engaging students with core questions about their ethical responsibilities to self and others, and about their responsibilities as citizens in a diverse democracy. It is funded by the Templeton Foundation.

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Washington, DC 20009
United States
38° 55' 10.8948" N, 77° 2' 17.3688" W
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Location: 
United States
40° 42' 17.2368" N, 74° 0' 26.0784" W

Kyla Bender-Baird, Research and Programs Manager, is providing the Council with a wide range of research and communications support. She received a BA in Sociology from Principia College and an MS in Women’s Studies from Towson University. Her thesis focused on transgender experiences of employment discrimination. During her time at Towson University, Kyla was a graduate assistant with the Institute for Teaching and Research on Women. On completion of her master’s degree, Kyla served as a Vaid Fellow with the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Policy Institute. Kyla first joined the Council as a research consultant for The Big Five initiative. She has interned previously with Planned Parenthood and the Gender Public Advocacy Coalition.

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New York, NY 10005
United States
40° 42' 17.2368" N, 74° 0' 26.0784" W

Clinton Speaks on Women and Girls at Afghan Conference/Remarks at the International Conference on Afghanistan

Member Organization: 
The Feminist Majority Foundation

SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, good afternoon, everyone. I think we have just wrapped up a very productive conference and we have seen the results of cooperation in the international community on a number of very important issues. I want to thank Prime Minister Brown and Foreign Secretary Miliband, the Government of Afghanistan, and the United Nations for bringing us all together and sponsoring this important meeting.
 

 

And I think that what we have seen is a global challenge that is being met with a global response. I especially thank the countries that have committed additional troops, leading with our host country, the United Kingdom, but including Italy, Germany, Romania. We also are grateful to all those who made their contributions known today. There are other countries such as Russia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, who are providing air space rights and other transit assistance.
 

 

Shroud of Silence

This award-winning short documentary chronicles the everyday struggle that was like for Afghan women and girls under the Taliban regime's brutal system of gender apartheid from 1994 to 2002.

Narrated by Carrie Fisher
Produced and Directed by Lorraine Sheinberg

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AAUW's Lisa Maatz Responds to State of the Union Address

Lisa Maatz, AAUW's director of public policy and government relations, responds to President Obama's State of the Union address.  

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Top Organizations Preparing Our Future Female Leaders

The Glass Hammer, January 14th, 2010

Jacqueline B. Libster (New York City)

Creating workforce gender equality is a multifaceted project, including the work to help women at the top right now, as well as planting the seeds for success for future generations. That’s why many organizations are working to help girls and young women develop leadership skills that will carry them from the classroom to the boardroom, by:

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Location: 
United States
38° 58' 50.88" N, 76° 56' 14.28" W

Ruth Enid Zambrana, Ph.D. is a Professor in the Department of Women’s Studies, the Director of the Consortium on Race, Gender and Ethnicity, the Former Interim Director of the U.S. Latino Studies Initiative (2007-2009) at the University of Maryland, College Park, and an Adjunct Professor of Family Medicine at University of Maryland Baltimore, School of Medicine, Department of Family Medicine. 

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College Park, MD 20742
United States
38° 58' 50.88" N, 76° 56' 14.28" W

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Location: 
United States
38° 55' 10.8948" N, 77° 2' 17.3688" W

Kate Kahan is the Legislative Director at the Center for Community Change, a national social justice organization and has been an activist for women’s rights and economic justice for more than 16 years. Ms. Kahan has both personal and professional experience with poverty and has utilized that experience in her capacity as the executive director for a local economic justice organization based in Montana (WEEL) as well as in her role as Professional Staff for the Senate Finance Committee where she provided leadership and policy expertise to Senate Democrats on welfare, childcare, child welfare, unemployment insurance, and tribal issues. Ms. Kahan also has extensive experience working on work and family issues and directed the work and family program for the National Partnership for Women & Families prior to joining CCC. Ms.

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Washington, DC 20009
United States
38° 55' 10.8948" N, 77° 2' 17.3688" W

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Location: 
United States
42° 19' 0.3072" N, 71° 3' 31.2876" W

Carol Hardy-Fanta is Director of the Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy at UMass Boston's John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy Studies. She received her Ph.D. in Public Policy from Brandeis University's Heller School, an MSW from Smith College, and a B.A. from Occidental College. Dr. Hardy-Fanta is author of three books: Latina Politics, Latino Politics: Gender, Culture, and Political Participation in Boston (Temple University Press, 1993), Latino Politics in Massachusetts: Struggles, Strategies and Prospects (Routledge Press, 2002), and Intersectionality and Politics: Recent Research on Gender, Race, and Political Representation in the United States (Haworth Press, 2006) . She is a nationally recognized scholar on Latina/o politics and has published widely on the intersection of gender, race and ethnicity in politics and public policy.

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Boston, MA 02125
United States
42° 19' 0.3072" N, 71° 3' 31.2876" W
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