Gender Equity in Education
AAUW State College is committed to advocating for quality public education. We advocate forcefully for policies that promote quality education through gender fairness, equity, and diversity at all educational levels, from pre-K through graduate school.
During Lobby Day, branch member Susan Chyczewski visited Jake Corman’s office for some answers.
Our Education Committee focuses on current issues affecting public schools. These issues include charter schools, school choice, and school funding. With the pandemic forcing many students to learn remotely, the committee also recognizes the Digital Divide as a serious equity issue.
Our Education Committee continually monitors public education policy and stays abreast of reports and articles on the subject. We monitor the status of legislation, attend events such as legislative hearings in Harrisburg and the local Constitution Day Roundtable. We also have met with our local legislators and attended 2022 Lobby Day in the state capitol to meet legislative staff over pending legislation to increase public education funding.
Our work is facilitated by alliances with advocacy groups such as Education Voters of PA, PA Schools Work and the Keystone State Education Coalition. The Education Committee welcomes new members who want to be active in ensuring strong public education.
Half a Century of Expanding Access to Education
With 37 words, Congress changed the face of education. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 states: “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”
50 years ago, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 changed the face of education. This groundbreaking civil rights law prohibits sex discrimination in education and protects people of all genders, both staff and students, in any educational institution or program receiving federal funds. Title IX ushered in an era of enormous progress for girls and women from classrooms to playing fields, but advocates continue to fight efforts to weaken it. Join AAUW as we honor five decades of advancing educational equity for all and engage where advocacy is still needed to achieve the full promise of Title IX.
Recent published articles from the AAUW State College Education Committee:
- 8-2022 Governor’s Budget Increases Education
- 10-2022 What is the Role of Public Education?
- 11-2022 About Standardized Tests
- 12-2022 Cyber Charter Funding Needs to be Revised
- 1-2023 Student Learning Losses During Pandemic
- 2-2023 SCASD Meeting with Community
- 3-2023 A Win for Students
- 4-2023 Our Poorest Districts Need More than an Adjustment for Inflation
- 5-2023 What is at Stake in School Board Elections This Year
- 8-2023 Cyber Charter School Reform and State Budget
- Offer programs in the community that encourage girls to explore STEM, and provide scholarships for them to attend science camps. Learn more about our STEM Program
- Provide undergraduate scholarships to adult women who had to interrupt their undergraduate education due to limited resources and difficult life situations.
- Fund scholarships to enable Mid-State Literacy Council to teach English as a second language. Learn more about our Scholarship Program
STEMPowered, a Discovery Space program, engages 4-6th grade girls in a variety of elements from STEM careers that they may not learn about in school.