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    Summer School: Gender Equity in Education

    July 2022

    Visiting Fellow Pashtana Durrani interviews experts in girls’ education—in the U.S. and internationally—about their research findings and what drew them to the field. Interviews cover youth social media use, countering extremism through education, and more.

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    As Title IX Turns 50, Looking Back and Looking Ahead

    June 2022

    Researchers and activists are pushing Title IX to new frontiers, and it’s exciting to be part of those efforts as we celebrate the law’s 50th anniversary this month.

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    Putting Data into Action for Single Mother College Students

    June 2022

    A new study aims to identify the most effective strategies for implementing data tracking and reporting systems that identify parenting students enrolled in college.

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    Why Didn’t You Just Leave? and Other Unanswerable Questions for My Mother

    May 2022

    On our blog, Visiting Scholar Kate Price reflects on the revelation that her mother knew she was being commercially sexually exploited as a child.

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    Prosecution of Child Sexual Abuse: Challenges in Achieving Justice

    April 25, 2022

    The newly published white paper offers policy and practice recommendations to achieve justice for victims, families, and communities.

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Gender-Equitable Education: A Focus on Literacy

Popular media has “balanced” attention to girls’ difficulties in math and science with considerable attention to boys’ difficulties in language arts. It has often been argued that both problems are a reflection of characteristics inherent in gender differences. However, a growing body of research supports the importance of socialization rather than biology in explaining disadvantages in academic subject areas. We believe that attention to gender socialization within the various contexts of children’s lives is key to understanding how best to prepare all students, girls and boys, for academic success.

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