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Education Equality

FMF Education Equity Program

sue Dr. Sue Klein, FMF Education Equity Director


On the heels of President Bush's attempts to weaken Title IX, the Feminist Majority Foundation (FMF) launched the FMF Education Equity program. Directed by Dr. Susan Klein, the program plays a leading role in compiling research on gender equity and developing an active national Title IX Action Network with Title IX gender equity coordinators and others who support gender equality in education to fight the many threats to Title IX and maximize its beneficial impact on society.

 “Title IX requires institutions that receive federal financial assistance for education programs or activities to comply with all of its regulations prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sex,” said Dr. Klein. “Each institution must have a Title IX Coordinator to comply. Many don't. We must increase nationwide compliance and provide information and resources to make gender equity in education a reality for women and men, girls and boys.”

Dr. Klein collaborated with 200 experts to develop the 2007 Handbook for Achieving Gender Equity Through Education, 2nd Edition.It builds on the sex equity handbook that she edited in 1985. The new handbook maps the progress made in gender equity in education over the past 20 years and sets forth a research and action agenda for the next decade.

In addition to new chapters on global gender equity and technology, the 754 page Handbook covers sexuality education, sexual harassment, and women’s and gender studies.  Instead of one chapter on minority women as in the 1985 Handbook , there are separate chapters on gender equity for African Americans, Latina/os, Asian and Pacific Island Americans, American Indians as well as chapters on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues;  Gifted Students, and People with Disabilities. Researchers, gender equity specialists, and six Part Editors contributed to making this a landmark book.

A multi-year Feminist Majority Foundation study on The State of Public School Sex Segregation in the United States released in 2012 as part of the 40th anniversary of Title IX confirmed widespread non-compliance with Title IX and the U.S. Constitution protections against sex discrimination in all but four states which instituted deliberate single-sex education in over 1,000 public K-12 schools during 2007-10. Key recommendations include rescinding the 2006 ED Title IX regulations which weakened safeguards against sex discriminatory sex segregation and empowering Title IX coordinators to identify and help stop this increased sex discrimination. The study is divided into three parts.

Part I: Patterns of K-12 Single-sex Public Education in the U.S. (2007-10) (PDF)

Part II: Role of the States in Addressing Single-sex Public Education (2007-10) (PDF)

Part III: Summary and Recommendations (PDF)

FMF’s second multi-year report on Identifying US K-12 Public Schools with Deliberate Sex Segregation should help stakeholders implement the OCR December 2014 guidance on ending sex discriminatory sex segregation.

Before joining the FMF, Dr. Klein, an educational psychologist, spent 34 years with the U.S. Department of Education. In this capacity she provided national leadership on gender equity issues, initiated studies that identified sex inequities in classrooms, and served as coordinator of the Gender Equity Expert Panel, recommending and promoting promising and exemplary gender equity programs.

Get a Free Online Copy of the Gender Equity Expert Panel Report

Get a free copy of the 1985 Handbook for Achieving Sex Equity through Education

A limited number of paperback copies of the 2007 “Handbook for Achieving Gender Equity through Education” are available. For more information about how to receive one in exchange for a $60 donation to FMF, contact Sue Klein at sklein@feminist.org.

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