"The majority of black girls who have been suspended got kicked out for being loud, even if they weren’t being disrespectful," saidMorris, 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.
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.”
A sex-saturated culture has made it more confusing than ever for female teens, launching them into sexual orbit before they’re ready, says Jeannie Norris in this excerpt from “Parenting Great Girls.” She gives remedial tips.
On average, the more education a woman obtains, the older she is when she gives birth. According to 2011 data, almost half (48%) of women with less than a high school diploma who gave birth in the prior year were younger than 25; for high school graduates, this number is 43%. Among women with some college, just 29% who gave birth in the prior year were younger than 25, and for women with a bachelor’s degree, this share is only 3%. At the other end of the age spectrum, new mothers with a bachelor’s degree are about twice as likely as all other new mothers to be ages 35 or older—31% are, compared with 13% of women with a high school diploma or less, and 16% of women with some college.
Currently, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is suing public school districts in Wisconsin, Texas,California and New Jersey, claiming that these schools “violate federal and state law by forcing students into a single-sex environment, relying on harmful gender stereotypes and depriving students of equal educational opportunities merely because of their sex.”