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.

FAST FACT: Immigrant women made up approximately 12 percent of all women in the United States in 2008

December 17, 2009 posted by Kyla Bender-Baird

The Migration Policy Institute just published a spotlight on immigrant women. It includes the latest data on labor force participation and socioeconomic status. Here’s a preview:

  • The 18.9 million immigrant women in the United States in 2008 made up approximately 12 percent of all women in the country.
  • While the majority of immigrant women had a high school degree or higher, they were less likely than immigrant men to have a bachelor's or advanced degree.
  • Nearly a third of immigrant female workers in fall 2009 were employed in service occupations

For many more stats as well as related articles, click here.

 


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The Shriver Report: Executive Summary

For the first time in our nation’s history, women are half of all U.S. workers and mothers are the primary breadwinners or co-breadwinners in nearly two-thirds of American families. This is a dramatic shift from just a generation ago (in 1967 women made up only one-third of all workers).
 

URL: 
http://www.awomansnation.com/execSum.php

STEM Education Must Include Women, Says President Obama

November 30, 2009 posted by Kyla Bender-Baird

This morning, I ran across a White House press release on a new STEM initiative the Obama administration is launching. According to the release, women and STEM are part of Obama’s three priorities for STEM education:


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Expert Profile

Location: 
United States
43° 36' 45.4716" N, 116° 12' 39.8736" W

Dr. Lisa McClain is an Associate Professor of History and the Director of Gender Studies at Boise State University. She researches the issue of domestic violence and sexual assault perpetrated against women with disabilities. She serves as a board member of the Idaho Equal Access Collaborative, a partnership of the Boise State University Gender Studies Program with statewide disability and domestic violence/sexual assault organizations. Through this work, McClain examines and proposes changes to the systems responding to women with disabilities who experience sexual and domestic violence. In history, her fields of specialty include the history of Catholicism, the history of religion during the Renaissance/Reformation era and gender and popular culture in early modern Europe.

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Boise, ID
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43° 36' 45.4716" N, 116° 12' 39.8736" W

Resources: Business Schools Sweeten Lures for Women

Business schools are trying to boost stubbornly low rates of female enrollment. New York University's program, which has the highest proportion of women among co-ed programs, is only 40 percent female.

URL: 
http://www.womensenews.org/story/business/100121/business-schools-sweeten-lures-women

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

Economic Security Summit
October 8, 2010
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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.

URL: 
http://www.umich.edu/~cew/

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

URL: 
http://www.cew.umich.edu/cewaction/facts.html

“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.

URL: 
http://www.umich.edu/~cew/

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

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