Education Report Roundup

Report: Gender Bias in Vocational Education Hurts Girls

By Sean Cavanagh — October 27, 2005 1 min read

“Tools of the Trade” is available from the National Women’s Law Center.

Girls represent only 15 percent of students enrolled nationwide in high school vocational courses that can lead to higher-paying jobs in areas such as carpentry, automotive repair, welding, and masonry, a disparity attributable partly to sex discrimination, a report says.

The report, released last week by the National Women’s Law Center, relies on data collected from high school career and technical education programs in 12 states. The report concludes that despite the Title IX law barring sex discrimination in education programs receiving federal money, female participation in vocational fields dominated by men have remained virtually unchanged since the late 1970s.

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