Education Report Roundup

Vocational Education

By Sean Cavanagh — November 01, 2005 1 min read

Read the National Women’s Law Center report, “Tools of the Trade.”

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 has remained virtually unchanged since the late 1970s.

A version of this article appeared in the November 02, 2005 edition of Education Week