Education Equity

Judge Rules Dress Code Requiring Skirts Unconstitutional

A judge ruled that a North Carolina school’s dress code prohibiting girls from wearing pants is unconstitutional because it violates the equal protection clause, after three girls, represented by the American Civil Liberties Union, sued the Charter Day School. Judge Malcolm J. Howard wrote that the, “skirts requirement causes the girls to suffer a burden...

Denver Teachers Strike Heads into its Second Day

Today is the second day of the Denver public teacher strike for higher wages, instead of the “unpredictable bonuses” they receive each year, and more than half of all Denver public school teachers are participating in what is the first Denver teacher strike in 25 years. Hundreds of central office staff members and substitute teachers...

4 Young Girls Subjected to Strip Search in Binghamton, NY

Last Thursday, a school district in Binghamton, New York was accused of subjecting four 12-year old girls to strip searches; the allegations have united community members to call for the resignation of school employees involved in the strip search. The rallied community members called for the resignation of the school nurse and assistant principal at...

Feminist Majority Foundation Wins Groundbreaking Ruling from Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in Title IX Online Sexual Harassment Case

On December 19, 2018, in a major victory for students nationwide, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit issued a historic decision in Feminist Majority Foundation et al. v. University of Mary Washington et al.

New DeVos Rules on Title IX Will Hurt Survivors

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has proposed harmful new regulations that would make it easier for schools to ignore student survivors of sexual violence and sweep allegations of sexual harassment and assault under the rug. Already, 1 in 5 women and 1 in 16 men will be sexually assaulted in college, and around 1 in 4...

STATEMENT: Feminist Majority Foundation Condemns New Title IX Proposed Rules

These new proposed Title IX rules are beyond outrageous and are offensive to every survivor who has only ever asked for an education free from sexual violence and harassment.

Trump Administration To Attack Protections for Transgender Individuals

“The Trump Administration is once again doing everything in its power to carry out a mean-spirited attack on transgender individuals who deserve and need civil rights protections,” read a statement by the Feminist Majority Foundation. “This overt attack on trans lives is at odds with scientific fact, multiple federal court rulings, and the lived experiences...

FMF Strongly Condemns Trump Administration’s Newest Attack on Transgender Rights

The Trump Administration is once again doing everything in its power to carry out a mean-spirited attack on transgender individuals who deserve and need civil rights protections. This overt attack on trans lives is at odds with scientific fact, multiple federal court rulings, and the lived experiences of millions of Americans.

Denying Justice to Campus Sexual Assault Survivors Saves Colleges Money

“The Trump administration is sending us back to an ugly time when rape victims suffered in silence in our schools, and perpetrators were able to assault multiple women with impunity.”

Democrats Plan to Introduce Free Community College Initiative

House Democrats are planning on introducing a bill to provide students with two years of tuition-free community college. Both parties have introduced their own proposals to reauthorize the Higher Education Act, which controls a large amount of the federal spending for higher education.

Trump Administration Attacks Affirmative Action Admission Policies

The Trump administration will encourage schools to implement race-blind admissions policies, a reversal from an Obama-era guidance. Under the Obama Administration, the Education Department’s civil rights division issued seven guidance documents urging schools to consider race during admissions when attempting to diversify student bodies. The Justice Department plans to scrap these guidance efforts.

University of North Carolina Found in Violation of Title IX

Last week, the United States Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights concluded a five-year investigation, determining that University of North Carolina Chapel Hill was in violation of Title IX. UNC did not admit guilt, but Chancellor Carol Folt listed five actions to improve UNC’s Title IX program.

Sex Segregated Public Education Is Increasing, But It Can Be Stopped

Last month, the Feminist Majority Foundation (FMF) released “Tracking Deliberate Sex Segregation in K-12 Public Schools,” its third multi-year  report based mainly on 2013-14 data from the Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC). The report found and named 794 public coed U.S. schools that reported having single-sex academic classes and 75 all-girl and 58 all-boy public...

Court Upholds Rights of Transgender Student Under Title IX

Last week, U.S. District Court Judge Arenda Allens ruled in favor of former-high school student Gavin Grimm by refusing to dismiss his case against the Gloucester County School Board over the right of transgender students to use bathrooms that corresponds to their gender identity.

Federal Appeals Court Hears Title IX Complaint Brought by Feminist Majority Foundation

Last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit heard oral arguments in a Title IX sex discrimination complaint brought by the Feminist Majority Foundation against the University of Mary Washington and UMW’s former president Richard Hurley.

U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit Will Hear an Appeal in a Title IX Sex Discrimination Complaint Brought Against University of Mary Washington That Has National Importance

“Threatening women with rape and murder is not protected speech; it is blatant sex discrimination intended to silence, harass and intimidate women students who dared to protest and work against sexual violence,” said Eleanor Smeal, president of the Feminist Majority Foundation.

Women’s and Labor Rights Advocates hold Enough is Enough Summit on Sex Harassment

Last week the Enough is Enough Summit and Briefing on Capitol Hill harnessed the momentum of the #MeToo movement to bring together a diverse group of lawyers, activists, and policy makers to think through comprehensive survivor-centered policy solutions to the sexual harassment and violence epidemic in workplaces and schools.

Oklahoma Teachers Strike Over Funding Failures

Teachers in Oklahoma are boycotting school and taking to the state Capitol today to demand better wages and more school funding in the wake of a successful teacher strike in West Virginia last month.

Linda Brown, Icon of School Desegregation, Dies at 75

Linda Brown, who as a child was at the center of the historical Supreme Court case Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, died on Sunday in Topeka, Kansas at the age of 75.

Education Department Will No Longer Protect Trans Student from Bathroom Discrimination

The Department of Education told BuzzFeed News on Monday that they will no longer investigate or take action to protect transgender students who are denied access to the restroom that corresponds with their gender identity.  The Department has yet to release an official statement.