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The White House has released a new video PSA on sexual assault along with the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault.
"The majority of black girls who have been suspended got kicked out for being loud, even if they weren’t being disrespectful," said Morris, co-founder of the National Black Women’s Justice Institute, based in Oakland, Calif. ”It’s cultural for black girls to speak up, and they are going to fight back if something is wrong.”
Once they’ve gotten stuck in a troubled pattern, many black girls simply drop out of school.
Just 60 percent of black females graduate high school in four years, the National Women’s Law Centerreports, compared to 78 percent of white females.
Data show the steep price that veering off course at school costs later in life. A black woman who has graduated from high school has an income that is 48 percent higher—almost $7,000—than a black female dropout, according to the National Women’s Law Center. Black women with a bachelor’s degree will earn almost three times more than those who have dropped out of high school.
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Women and girls talk education for Syrian refugees in Jordan [video]
Four Syrian refugee girls in that category can be found here in Salahiyet al-Abed, an area on the outskirts of Amman, playing in a shadeless street, chatting and singing songs in a breezy stairwell. They are among the three-quarters of the 150,000 Syrian school-aged children in Jordan who are unable to attend school.
This Arabic song, sung by a young Syrian refugee named Gufran, now living in in Jordan, was dedicated to people killed in the war in Syria. This is a translation of the lyrics.
Balsamo describes the DOCC as a "feminist rethinking" of the Massive Open Online Course, or the MOOC, model of online curricula.
The budding DOCC network aims to engender a set of digital practices among women and girls by encouraging them to become more active participants in the creation of a global archive.
"From a feminist perspective, we think of technology differently than just as objects or applications," said Balsamo. “Technology from a feminist perspective is social, cultural, technical objects or arrangements.”