Gender Equity in Education

AAUW State College is committed to enhancing the quality of public education. We advocate forcefully for policies that promote gender fairness, equity, and diversity at all educational levels, from pre-K through graduate school.

Our Focus

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, meet with legislators, and attend legislative hearings in Harrisburg. Our work is facilitated by alliances with advocacy groups such as Education Voters of PA and the Keystone State Education Coalition. The Education Committee welcomes new members who want to be active in ensuring strong public education.

Carol Hodes, chair, Education Committee

The following opinion pieces from the Education Committee were published in the local press:

What We Are Doing
AAUW State College is involved in many activities to promote educational equity for women and girls in our community.  We currently:
  • Offer programs in collaboration with Centre County schools to encourage middle-school girls to explore STEM, and provide scholarships for girls to attend science camps. Learn more about our STEM Program
  • Contribute to AAUW’s Legal Advocacy Fund to address bias in higher education.
  • Provide undergraduate scholarships to adult women who had to interrupt their undergraduate education due to limited resources and difficult life situations.
  • Help to fund a program developed by Centre Safe to educate high school students about sexual assault.