Posts Tagged Education

Happy International Day of the Girl!

I thought I couldn’t love this song any more but apparently that’s only because I hadn’t yet see it paired with images of adorable girls from around the world.

The theme of this second annual UN International Day of the Girl is education. The UN notes,

The fulfilment of girls’ right to education is first and foremost an obligation and moral imperative. There is also overwhelming evidence that girls’ education, especially at the secondary level, is a powerful transformative force for societies and girls themselves: it is the one consistent positive determinant of practically every desired development outcome, from reductions in mortality and fertility, to poverty reduction and equitable growth, to social norm change and democratization.

Important stuff, though I think ...

I thought I couldn’t love this song any more but apparently that’s only because I hadn’t yet see it paired with images of adorable girls from around the world.

The theme of this second annual UN International ...

Do you Know Your IX? Do you fancy a little activism this weekend?

If you’re in high school or college, you need to Know Your IX. You need to know how Title IX protects you, your friends, your classmates, your teammates, and everyone else on your campus from sex-based discrimination. And if you feel like a doing a little activism, a little awareness raising, on your campus this weekend, Know Your IX has got you covered: all you have to do it print this poster, grab some tape or a stapler, and get to work.

You can print the poster and learn about other ways to spread the word here. If you don’t know your rights, you can’t defend them. So Know Your IX. Bonus round: email me a ...

If you’re in high school or college, you need to Know Your IX. You need to know how Title IX protects you, your friends, your classmates, your teammates, and everyone else on your campus from sex-based discrimination. ...

Charts of the Day: This is what cisprivilege looks like

The Transadvocate has put together a few illuminating if disheartening charts showing that  trans folks are too frequently the subject of employer discrimination and unemployment, despite having more education than their cis counterparts.

Chart one, from a survey performed by the National Center for Transgender Equality and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, shows that transgender adults have consistently higher levels of education than the general population.

Yet, as you can see in the next two charts, this doesn’t translate into better employment opportunity or higher earnings, as transgender people face disproportionately high levels of workplace discrimination. More charts after the jump. 

The Transadvocate has put together a few illuminating if disheartening charts showing that  trans folks are too frequently the subject of employer discrimination and unemployment, despite having more education than their cis counterparts.

Chart one, from a survey ...

TV news channels turn not actually controversial story into an excuse for transphobia

I am so sick of 24-hour news networks. Their insistence that every story be framed as controversial has led to some awful coverage of California’s new law requiring public schools to respect students’ gender identity, which we reported on yesterday. The law’s going to be a big deal in the lives of kids whose shot at academic success was limited by, say, not being able to find a place to change for gym. It’s an important but very basic fix, and there’s no reason for controversy or for folks who aren’t directly benefiting to care, besides being happy for the win. That is unless you’re a bigot. And in the land of 24 hour news, bigots get a great ...

I am so sick of 24-hour news networks. Their insistence that every story be framed as controversial has led to some awful coverage of California’s new law requiring public schools to respect students’ gender identity, which ...

New law requires California public schools to respect students’ gender identity

California has already been proactive in fighting discrimination against trans folks – you may remember us talking about their ban on trans discrimination in healthcare. They also banned gender discrimination in schools.

Lawmakers in the state have now taken steps to make sure that trans folks are not only safe from discrimination but given the opportunity to participate and flourish in school. Governor Jerry Brown has signed the School Success and Opportunity Act into law.

 “The law, which goes into effect on January 1, 2014, is the first of its kind in the country, and requires that California public schools respect students’ gender identity and makes sure that students can fully participate in all school activities,sports teams, programs, and ...

California has already been proactive in fighting discrimination against trans folks – you may remember us talking about their ban on trans discrimination in healthcare. They also banned gender discrimination in schools.

Lawmakers in the state ...

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Do you know your Title IX?

We’re so excited that the Know Your Title IX site is now officially launched!

As Lori covered before, Know Your Title IX is a campaign started by our own Alexandra and a collective of survivor-activists and allies across the country. It aims to ensure that every college student in the U.S. knows that under Title IX they have a right to an education free from sexual violence–and gives them the tools they need to hold their schools to that.

Check out the website here. With legal resources, guidance on engaging in campus activism, hotlines for emergency care, suggestions for supporting a survivor, and personal advice after an assault, it’s a treasure trove of useful information every college student ...

We’re so excited that the Know Your Title IX site is now officially launched!

As Lori covered before, Know Your Title IX is a campaign started by our own Alexandra and a collective ...

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Common Application now more accessible for undocumented students—just kidding

Ed. note: This post is by Feministing’s social media intern, Dahlia Grossman-Heinze. You can follow her on Instagram @grossmad and on tumblr.

At this year’s National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in American Higher Education, Daniel Vargas, The Common Application’s Communications Director made an amazing announcement. Starting with this year’s Common Application, a universal college application accepted at more than 400 American colleges and universities, “Undocumented American” would be added as an option to select in the demographics portion of the application, and “Undocumented Status” would be added to The Common Application Inc.’s non-discrimination clause, which legally binds all the member institutions who accept the application.

The only problem? Vargas does not work for The Common Application—he’s an undocumented activist ...

Ed. note: This post is by Feministing’s social media intern, Dahlia Grossman-Heinze. You can follow her on Instagram @grossmad and on tumblr.

At this year’s National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in American Higher Education, Daniel ...

9-year-old future president calls for Chicago’s public schools to stay open

At a rally to protest Chicago’s plan to close 53 public schools, 9-year-old Asean Johnson had some words for Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

Transcript here.

Black students make up about 40 percent of the Chicago public school population but 88 percent of the students who will be affected by the closures. Unfortunately, it looks like only five schools will be spared.

One silver lining is that Asean Johnson’s 2043 presidential campaign is off to a great start. And Emanuel better watch out–this kid is clearly gunning for him and I’d put money on Johnson winning just as soon as he’s old enough to run.

At a rally to protest Chicago’s plan to close 53 public schools, 9-year-old Asean Johnson had some words for Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

Transcript here.

Black students make up about 40 percent of the Chicago public school population but 88 ...

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