The National Women's Law Center has produced a new pamphlet as part of a
project designed to help women and girls break down barriers to career
education opportunities. "Putting the Law on Your Side: A Guide for Women
and Girls to Equal Opportunity in Career Education and Job Training"
explains how women and girls can use the federal civil rights laws to
protect their rights to equal opportunity in School-to-Career programs,
career academies, vocational programs, information technology classes and
the like. Such programs are essential tools for helping women achieve
economic independence. Yet studies show that many women and girls are
not getting the education they need to prepare them for high wage careers.
Many of these programs continue to be highly segregated by sex, with
female students clustered in traditionally female, low-wage occupational
categories. Additionally, sexual harassment and other forms of
discrimination too frequently prevent women and girls from succeeding,
particularly in non-traditional career education programs. "Putting the
Law on Your Side" can help women and girls address the barriers in these
crucial areas of education. The Center is also interested in working with
community groups to present this material to students in a workshop or
format. Call the National Women's Law Center at 202-588-5180 to order
copies of the pamphlet or to discuss a possible presentation.
The National Women's Law Center encourages any student, parent, or advocate
who has encountered discriminatory attitudes, practices or policies in
career education to call them at 202-588-5180 to share their experience or
to request more information.
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