When Girls Don’t Graduate, We All Fail

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National Women’s Law Center

Female dropouts earn significantly lower wages than male dropouts, are at greater risk of unemployment and are more likely to rely on public support, according to this report. The center stresses that dropout interventions must be tailored for gender, race and ethnicity, and be based on the distinct experiences of female students. It recommends a comprehensive dropout prevention strategy that combats sexual harassment in schools, provides better support for pregnant and parenting students, and ensures equal access for girls to career and technical education classes, as well as to after-school programs, including sports. Free. 28 pages. (202) 588-5180, http://www.nwlc.org/pdf/DropoutReport.pdf.