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

Oct 15, 2008 SCIENCE FOR EVERYONE By Veronica Arreola, Director of the Women in Science and Engineering program at the University of Illinois-...


  • February 17, 2012

     The real untold story of Black History Month is the story of the organizations that have made a real difference in the advancement of African American people.

  • February 6, 2012

     Working with the nation’s top women’s liberal arts colleges, Secretary of State Clinton hopes to harness the potential of women around the world to strengthen leadership in both government and civil society.

  • January 26, 2012

     The articles have started to come in on the CIRP Freshman Survey results, and as usual everyone takes a slightly different look. Here are a few of the stories.

  • January 23, 2012

    Forty years after the passage of federal legislation used to prevent gender discrimination in college sports, female participation opportunities have reached a record high. 

  • January 17, 2012

     A National Science Foundation grant recently awarded to Gonzaga University is aimed at bringing more women into science, technology, engineering and mathematics careers, often called the STEM fields.