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.

Expert Profile

Location: 
United States
40° 50' 10.932" N, 73° 55' 20.5068" W

Nancy Biberman founded WHEDco in 1991 with the vision of restoring the South Bronx to the beautiful, bustling place it once was. WHEDco’s first project was the renovation of the abandoned Morrisania Hospital to provide low-income families with affordable homes and economic opportunities. In partnership with neighborhood leaders, Nancy developed the Urban Horizons Economic Development Center, which houses family support services, a Head Start center, a commercial kitchen that incubates small food businesses, and a primary healthcare center. With local parents, Nancy catalyzed the construction of the adjacent public school, PS/MS 218. Recently, Nancy led WHEDco in developing Intervale Green, the largest multi-family, high-rise, Energy Star certified affordable housing development in the nation.

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Bronx, NY 10452
United States
40° 50' 10.932" N, 73° 55' 20.5068" W

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Location: 
United States
40° 42' 27.5004" N, 74° 0' 28.4796" W

Rinku Sen is the President and Executive Director of the Applied Research Center (ARC) and Publisher of ColorLines magazine.

A leading figure in the racial justice movement for the last twenty years, Rinku has positioned ARC as the national home for media, research and activism. She has extensive practical experience on the ground, with expertise in race, feminism, immigration, economic justice, philanthropy and community organizing. Over the course of her career, Rinku has woven together journalism and organizing to further social change.

Rinku is the Vice Chair of the Schott Foundation for Public Education and a Boardmember of the Philanthropic Initiative for Racial Equity. She is the Chair of the Media Consortium and sits on the boards for Restaurant Opportunities Center-United and Working America. Additionally, she is a Prime Movers fellow through the Hunt Alternatives Fund.

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New York, NY 10004
United States
40° 42' 27.5004" N, 74° 0' 28.4796" W

FAST FACT: Student Aid Insufficient to Cover Rising Costs

In 2008, families in the lowest income bracket needed to sacrafice 55 percent of their annual income to send their child to a four-year public university.  In comparison, a family in the top income bracket spent only 9 percent.  As wages continue to stagnate and tuition costs rise, college education has become out of reach for many women and low-income families.

Increasing student aid to fill the gap between rising college costs and decreasing median family income is critical to ensuring that higher education is affordable to low-income students.

To learn more, download our latest fact sheet, Increasing Student Aid--Making Higher Education Accessible to Women and Low-Income Students


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NCRW Fact Sheet: Increasing Student Aid—Making Higher Education Accessible to Women and Low-Income Students

As wages continue to stagnate and tuition costs rise, college education has become out of reach for many women and low-income families. Increasing student aid to fill the gap between rising college costs and decreasing median family income is critical to ensuring that higher education is affordable to low-income students.

The Power of Girls

 *By Julie Zeilinger


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