Education Equity

Patsy Mink Gender Equity in Education Act Introduced in House and Senate

Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI) has introduced the Patsy T. Mink Gender Equity in Education Act (GEEA) in the Senate; a companion bill by the same name was introduced in the House by Congresswoman Louise M. Slaughter (D-NY).

Afghan Rap Singer, Warrior Against Child Marriage, Awarded

Nineteen year old Afghan rap singer, Sonita Alizadeh, known for protesting child marriage through her songs, was recently depicted in a documentary entitled Sonita, which just won the 2016 World Cinema Documentary Audience Award.

Report Finds 3 of the Largest School Districts Hire More Security Officers than School Counselors

A new report finds that three of the five largest school districts in the country have more security officers on payroll than school counselors. In each of these districts, students of color make up the majority of the student body.
Affirmative Action Returns to SCOTUS

Affirmative Action Returns to SCOTUS

For the second time in three years, the Supreme Court heard arguments in Fisher v. University of Texas, the case that threatens to destroy affirmative action.
Feminist Groups Oppose FratPAC Bill

Feminist Groups Oppose FratPAC Bill

The bill would make it more difficult for colleges and universities to address campus sexual assault by requiring survivors to report incidents of sexual assault to a law enforcement agency before a school could investigate sexual assault allegations.
“Yes Means Yes” Sex Education Could Spread to California High Schools

“Yes Means Yes” Sex Education Could Spread to California High Schools

Rather than depending on the popular mantra “no means no,” consent under this legislation requires an “affirmative, conscious and voluntary agreement to engage in sexual activity.”
Looking Back: My Experience as a Woman Studying Computer Science at Kabul University

Looking Back: My Experience as a Woman Studying Computer Science at Kabul University

Kabul University has more than 20,000 students from all over the country, all of whom had to pass a tough entrance exam. And I was one of them.
Chicago Public Schools Will Increase Athletic Opportunities for Girls After Title IX Complaint

Chicago Public Schools Will Increase Athletic Opportunities for Girls After Title IX Complaint

Chicago public schools and the Office for Civil rights reached an agreement late last week to provide equal athletic opportunity for boys and girls.
Michelle Obama Speaks Out About Girls' Education Around the World

Michelle Obama Speaks Out About Girls’ Education Around the World

The First Lady delivered an inspiring speech promoting girls’ education earlier this month at London’s Mulberry School.
Afghan Girls Win Gold at International Science Competition

Afghan Girls Win Gold at International Science Competition

Three schoolgirls from Afghanistan won gold in biology at an international science competition hosted in Kenya last week.
Tennessee and Chicago Move Forward with Plans for Free Community College

Tennessee and Chicago Move Forward with Plans for Free Community College

Many Americans had not heard of the proposal to make 2 years of community college free until President Obama’s State of the Union address. Tennessee and Chicago, however, have long been working to make this plan a reality for their students.
Worldwide Attacks Against Schoolgirls Are on the Rise

Worldwide Attacks Against Schoolgirls Are on the Rise

Despite legal protections for gender equality, around 3,600 attacks against schools, students, and teachers were recorded in just the year 2012 alone.
Black Girls Matter: New Report Exposes Gendered and Racial Disparities in Education Too Often Erased

Black Girls Matter: New Report Exposes Gendered and Racial Disparities in Education Too Often Erased

A new report outlines the obstacles facing Black girls in America's school systems - and demands that advocate, policymakers, and educators do better to foster safe spaces for Black girls to learn and grow.
Sex Segregation is On the Rise in America's Public Schools

Sex Segregation is On the Rise in America’s Public Schools

Deliberate sex segregation is on the rise in public K-12 classrooms across the country, despite evidence that it is often illegal and educationally unsound.
PRESS RELEASE: FMF Study Shows Increase In Nationwide Single-Sex Public Education

PRESS RELEASE: FMF Study Shows Increase In Nationwide Single-Sex Public Education

The Feminist Majority Foundation (FMF) just completed its second national study “Identifying US K-12 Public Schools with Deliberate Sex Segregation."
Fifth Circuit Court Refuses to Hear Challenge to Affirmative Action at University of Texas

Fifth Circuit Court Refuses to Hear Challenge to Affirmative Action at University of Texas

In a brief order issued on Wednesday, the Fifth Circuit indicated that the decision to refuse rehearing was 10-5.
Kidnapped Nigerian Schoolgirls Remain Missing as Boko Haram Leader Denies Ceasefire

Kidnapped Nigerian Schoolgirls Remain Missing as Boko Haram Leader Denies Ceasefire

A man claiming to be the leader of extremist group Boko Haram denied that successful ceasefire talks had taken place between the group and Nigerian officials laying out a plan for the return of over 200 schoolgirls kidnapped in April. Now, their families are still waiting.
Instead of Returning Kidnapped Nigerian Schoolgirls, Boko Haram Reportedly Abducted More Women and Girls

Instead of Returning Kidnapped Nigerian Schoolgirls, Boko Haram Reportedly Abducted More Women and Girls

Despite Nigerian military officials last week announcing they had negotiated with militant group Boko Haram for the release of more than 200 schoolgirls who were kidnapped in April, it appears the girls have not yet been released - and residents say more women and girls have been kidnapped since.
Hundreds of Schoolgirls Kidnapped by Boko Haram To Be Released Monday

Hundreds of Schoolgirls Kidnapped by Boko Haram To Be Released Monday

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan and Nigeria's military are reportedly negotiating the release of the nearly 300 young women and girls who were abducted by Boko Haram more than six months ago, ostensibly bringing an end to six months of activist efforts calling for their return.
Girl Activists Spoke Out at the United Nations on International Day of the Girl

Girl Activists Spoke Out at the United Nations on International Day of the Girl

The designated day was created to raise awareness that gender inequality is still alive and well, and is worse in developing countries.