Education & Education Reform

Women and girls have made substantial progress in educational attainment. Today in the US women receive more than half of all college degrees – and have almost achieved parity with men in advanced degrees in law, medicine and other disciplines. But several gaps persist, and more importantly, disparities remain among diverse women according to race, income, immigrant status and other socio-economic factors. Improving access to quality education for all students including adolescent girls and mothers needs to become a national and global priority. Explore the resources listed below, including Related Categories links, or use the Keyword Search for more information.

A Measure of Equity: Women's Progress in Higher Education

The Association of American Colleges and Universities has released a report that compiles the latest data on women and gender equity in higher education. The report, "A Measure of Equity: Women's Progress in Higher Education," made its debut in Seattle during the association's annual meeting, which ended on January 24, 2009. The report updates a 1995 "data-driven" overview of women in higher education published by the American Council of Education, the association said in a written statement. It concludes that women have made strides in higher education, but the progress isn't across the board. Among the topics explored in "A Measure of Equity" are inequities for women in specific fields, how the careers of female faculty members are affected by families, and the growing pool of women in contingent faculty positions with no chance of being promoted.

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http://chronicle.com/news/article/5847/report-looks-at-how-far-women-have-come-in-higher-education

University of Arizona Southwest Institute for Research on Women

Established at the University of Arizona in 1976 the University of Arizona's Women in Science and Technology (WISE) program encourages women to become leaders in the fields of science and technology. More information can be found here: http://ws.web.arizona.edu/people/staff/powell.pho

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http://ws.web.arizona.edu/people/staff/powell.pho

The Center’s program Girls Excelling in Math and Science (GEMS)

The Center's program Girls Excelling in Math and Science (GEMS) was featured in a recent addition of the Atlanta Journal Constitution. The front-page article featured Inman Middle School's GEMS club. The middle schoolers work with students from Georgia Tech's Center for the Study of Women, Science & Technology. The article can be found here:

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http://www.ajc.com/services/content/metro/stories/2009/02/09/girlscience0209.html

Publication: WREI has just released the new sixth edition (2008) of Women in the Military: Where They Stand

Publication: WREI has just released the new sixth edition (2008) of Women in the Military: Where They Stand," which includes information on active duty, reserve and Guard forces and on women veterans as well as updated statistics and a chronology of important policy and legislative milestones. WREI has worked in various coalitions to promote and protect Title IX. The center director has spoken at various women's studies departments in universities across the country and to women's groups during the summer Olympics on the 35th anniversary of Title IX.

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http://www.wrei.org/

AAUW Affirmative Action Resource Kit

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http://www.aauw.org/advocacy/issue_advocacy/actionpages/upload/AffirmativeActionResourceKit.pdf

CEW Brief: “Assessing the Impact of Proposal 2, The Michigan Anti-Affirmative Action Constitutional Amendment,” Susan W. Kaufmann (2008)

CEW Brief: "Assessing the Impact of Proposal 2, The Michigan Anti-Affirmative Action Constitutional Amendment," Susan W. Kaufmann (2008), a report on the impact of the Michigan anti-affirmative action amendment.

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http://www.cew.umich.edu/PDFs/Prop2%20web%20rept%209-08.pdf

“Understanding Plyler’s Legacy: Voices from Border Schools,” Nina Rabin Mary Carol Combs, and Norma Gonzalez, Journal of Law and Education (2008)

"Understanding Plyler's Legacy: Voices from Border Schools," Nina Rabin Mary Carol Combs, and Norma Gonzalez, Journal of Law and Education (2008) concerns the 25th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision that prevented states from denying undocumented immigrant children a free primary and secondary public education on the basis of their legal status.

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http://www.law.berkeley.edu/centers/ewi/RabinCombsGonzalezJLEDarticleonPlyler.doc

Expert Profile

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Beverly Guy Sheftall, Ph.D., is the founding director of the Women's Research and Resource Center and the Anna Julia Cooper Professor of Women's Studies at Spelman College.  She is also adjunct professor at Emory University's Institute for Women's Studies where she teaches graduate courses. At the age of sixteen, she entered Spelman College where she majored in English and minored in secondary education.  After graduation with honors, she attended Wellesley College for a fifth year of study in English.  In 1968, she entered Atlanta to pursue a master's degree in English; her thesis was entitled, "Faulkner's Treatment of Women in His Major Novels."  A year later she began her first teaching job in the Department of English at Alabama State University in Montgomery, Alabama.

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Atlanta, GA
United States
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The National Women’s Law Center (NWLC)

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http://www.nwlc.org
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