Coalition Activities

 

Summary of NCWGE Briefing: 
Supporting Teens with Big Dreams: 
Title IX and the Pregnant and Parenting Students Access to Education Act
 

 Read a summary of NCWGE’s hill briefing held June 20, 2013 in honor of the 41st anniversary of Title IX, "Title IX, Pregnant and Parenting Students, and ESEA: Supporting Young Parents to Achieve Their Educational Goals." It brought together teen parents, advocates, and service providers to explore the promise of Title IX's protections for pregnant and parenting students and to explain the implications of the currently pending Pregnant and Parenting Students Access to Education Act (PPSAE Act). Panelists included Anurima Bhargava, Chief of the Educational Opportunities Section of the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice and Kimberly Inez McGuire of the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health; Lara S. Kaufmann of the National Women’s Law Center moderated the discussion. For more information on rights for pregnant and parenting students, read NCWGE’s report chapter on pregnant and parenting students.

 

Senate briefing on “Women in STEM: Ways to Address Gender Inequity to Advance U.S. Global Competitiveness”

On May 13, 2016, the National Coalition for Women and Girls in Education held a briefing on “Women in STEM: Ways to Address Gender Inequity to Advance U.S. Global Competitiveness” at the Senate Dirksen Office Building. Senator Mazie Hirono was the honorary host. The event was cosponsored by the Association for Women in Science, American Association of University Women, and the Society of Women Engineers. Distinguished speakers at the event included Nora Boretti from the U.S. Government Accountability Office; Pamela McCauley with the Association for Women in Science, and Stacie Gregory from the American Association of University Women.

The discussion focused on gender issues facing women in STEM, including an analysis of a recent GAO report which identified 13 potential actions federal agencies could take to address the underrepresentation of women in STEM research, a review of current scientific studies on obstacles to women’s participation in STEM education and careers and an overview of pervasive sexual harassment in STEM fields. This briefing addressed ways to improve data collection and perform compliance reviews that are legally required under Title IX—the federal law that bans discrimination in publicly funded research and education. Each panelist spoke for about 10 minutes, and there was a 15-20 minute Q&A session at the end of the briefing.

There were 45 attendees, which included coalition partners, Congressional Research Service, Government Accountability Office (GAO), and staff from 15 different congressional offices (12 Senate and 3 House). Copies of AAUW reports Solving the Equation and Barriers and Bias were distributed at the sign-in table upon arrival.

For over 40 years, the National Coalition for Women and Girls in Education, a nonprofit organization of more than 50 groups, has worked to raise awareness of the importance of gender equality in education and the vital role Congress and federal agencies play in fully implementing Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.

>> AAUW Blog about the briefing: Congress, Here’s How to Make STEM Fields Better for Everyone


2014 Webinar on School Discipline Guidance and Title IX

On April 1, 2014, NCWGE cosponsored a webinar with American Federation of Teachers, National Education Association and American Association of University Women on “School Discipline Guidance and Title IX.” The webinar featured Carolyn Seugling and Amanda K. Dallo, Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education; Renee Bradley, Positive Behavioral Interventions Strategies and Supports, U.S. Department of Education; Dr. William A. Howe, State Title IX Coordinator/Civil Rights Compliance Multicultural Education/Culturally Responsive Education CT State Department of Education; Connie Cordovilla, American Federation of Teachers; Donna M. Harris-Aikens and Catherine V. Beane, National Education Association. The webinar had 520 folks registered, 317 attended, 47 states represented, and 281 unique institutions. NCWGE received very positive feedback from participants who appreciated how the discipline guidance relates to the work being done to reduce sex discrimination in schools.

The U.S. Department of Education issued guidance to school districts explaining schools’ obligation under the Civil Rights Act to administer discipline without discriminating on the basis of race, color, and national origin. The webinar discussed schools’ obligations outlined in the discipline guidance, provided suggestions for increasing positive behavior by students and addressing misbehavior when it occurs, and provided an explanation of how the discipline guidance interacts with Title IX, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex by recipients of federal financial assistance in their education programs or activities.
>> View the 2014 webinar

NCWGE Calls on Senate and House Leaders to Reauthorize Perkins Act

This important legislation provides resource for college and career readiness for secondary and community college students nationwide. The NCWGE recommendations seek to simplify the equity language in the Carl D. Perkins Act and to provide incentives and accountability to close equity gaps in program participation, completion, achievement and transition in career and technical education (CTE) programs of study.
>> Download the letter

CUNY Settles Pregnant Student's Discrimination Complaint

Thanks to complaint initiated by the National Women’s Law Center, City University of New York adopts new policy to protect students who are pregnant and parents.
>> Press release

Education Data Show Gender Gap
in Career Preparation

More than forty years after Title IX outlawed sex segregation in education, women and girls are still sorely underrepresented in Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs that are nontraditional for their gender. Click here to see the research.
>> Download PDF

Title IX at 40: Working to Ensure
Gender Equity in Education

You've heard about Title IX and athletics, but Title IX is about much more! In honor of the 40th anniversary of the law’s passage, NCWGE published a comprehensive report to help give educators, parents, students, and lawmakers a better understanding of Title IX’s impact and challenges that remain in many areas of education, including:

Download complete report [pdf, 3MB]
Download executive summary

Title IX has increased female participation in sports exponentially. In response to greater opportunities to play, the number of high school girls participating in sports has risen tenfold in the past 40 years, while six times as many women compete in college sports. These gains demonstrate the key principle underlying the legislation: Women and girls have an equal interest in sports and deserve equal opportunities to participate.

Despite these advances, hurdles for female athletes remain. Girls and women still have fewer opportunities to participate in school sports than their male counterparts. In addition, different groups are not represented equally: Less than two-thirds of African-American and Hispanic girls play sports, while more than threequarters of Caucasian girls do. In addition to having fewer opportunities, girls often endure inferior treatment in areas such as equipment, facilities, coaching, and scheduling.

Criticism of the effects of Title IX on athletics often springs from misconceptions about how the law works. Title IX does not mandate quotas or demand equal funding for all sports. Nor has opening opportunities for girls and women come at the expense of boys and men; in fact, athletic participation among males has continued to rise over the past 40 years.

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Previous reports and additional links can be viewed at NCWGE Archives. Please note that the data maintained in this archive is for historical and research purposes and may not be the most current. Please contact NCWGE for the most current information.