Education & Education Reform

While women have made enormous strides in higher education, progress has been uneven. Women now receive a majority of undergraduate degrees but disparities remain, particularly at graduate, doctoral and post-doctoral levels. Colleges and universities still reflect inequities based on race, ability, geography and income. And more efforts must focus on advancing women and women of color into tenured and leadership positions with institutions of higher learning.

There is growing concern about the rising cost of higher education and how to improve quality and access. The financial crisis of 2008-09 has shrunk many endowment funds and reduced the number of scholarships available as well as making state and community colleges more competitive and less accessible. The effects of corporatization on college campuses are also a source of concern for the quality and independence of scholarship, including for women’s studies and other inter-disciplinary programs.

Re:Gender Resources

  • Leadership in Higher Education: A Path to Greater Racial and Gender Diversity final report
    In 2003, with support from the Ford Foundation, the National Council for Research on Women...

  • 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...

  • NCRW Fact Sheet: Immigrant Women--Access to Education
    Immigrant women face particular hardship in accessing basic educational opportunities due to a...

  • NCRW Policy Brief: Education
    Despite gains in educational achievement for women and girls over the last decade, the gap...

  • NCRW Fact Sheet: Women and Educational Disparities--A Call to Action
    Today, women are more likely than men to attend college after high school, and are as likely to...

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Blog Posts

*By Kate MeyerLast week Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to President Obama and Chair of the White House Council on Women and Girls, and Preeta Bansal...
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...
 *By Julie Zeilinger
By Josephina Ragon* Last week, I waited eagerly on the steps of City Hall to get the latest facts on the status of black women and girls. The...

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