House Republicans this week proposed cutting the Women’s Educational Equity Act, a 25-year-old program to promote girls’ education in elementary and high schools. Under the act, the federal government provides materials and programs aimed at eliminating gender bias or encouraging girls to pursue careers in math, science, engineering and technology. They also track statistics on gender bias.
Republicans are making the absurd argument that the Act has outlived its usefulness because, “gender equity has been accomplished.” Clearly, these Republicans have not spent much time in the classrooms. A coalition of 55 organizations including the Girl Scouts and the American Civil Liberties Union responded with a letter supporting the Women’s Educational Equity Act.