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Nigeria Kidnapping, Malala Shooting Rouses Teens

In Pakistan, a schoolgirl who advocates girls’ rights to education is shot in the head by the Taliban. In Nigeria, more than 200 female students are kidnapped from their school by armed extremists opposed to female education.

Global media coverage of these stories has left many U.S. female teens disturbingly aware—as they return to school after the summer break—that what is compulsory and often a killjoy for them in the way of reading, writing and arithmetic could be deadly dangerous if they were living in another part of the world.

And for some, that’s been a spur to action.

Read more here.

Universal Pre-K: Let’s Step on the Accelerator

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As the school calendar opens for another year, how many mothers have the pre-K programs they so desperately need? Several states have adopted universal pre-K, including Oklahoma, Georgia and Florida.

And New York City is also moving ahead on this.

In Oklahoma, children ages 4 and 5 are producing results in pre-writing, pre-reading and pre-arithmetic skills, as well as social skills. Oklahoma also offers care for low-income children under 3, beginning in their first year of life.

This access levels the playing field for children from impoverished homes, affording them the same educational advantages as children from wealthier homes.

It’s also critically important for single mothers. Having pre-K at their disposal is crucial in helping these women. Read more here.

Young women in Iran are putting off marriage, says Nina Ansary, because they “no longer subscribe to the ideology” as presented by the Ayatollah.
"They are trying to encourage women to marry at an early age," said the director of the Middle East Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C., in a recent phone interview. “For 35 years, the Islamic Republic has been waging wars on women but they have not succeeded.”
Iranian women tend to marry at around 25 years old, although the law permits marriage starting at age 13 for girls and 15 for boys. The marriage rate fell by 4.4 percent between March 2014 and a year earlier, according to the country’s Registration Office, which records the number of new marriages and divorces. In addition, more than 1-in-5 marriages ended in divorce. Read more at: http://womensenews.org/story/reproductive-health/140804/fertility-push-viewed-unsexy-young-iranians.

Young women in Iran are putting off marriage, says Nina Ansary, because they “no longer subscribe to the ideology” as presented by the Ayatollah.

"They are trying to encourage women to marry at an early age," said the director of the Middle East Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C., in a recent phone interview. “For 35 years, the Islamic Republic has been waging wars on women but they have not succeeded.”

Iranian women tend to marry at around 25 years old, although the law permits marriage starting at age 13 for girls and 15 for boys. The marriage rate fell by 4.4 percent between March 2014 and a year earlier, according to the country’s Registration Office, which records the number of new marriages and divorces. In addition, more than 1-in-5 marriages ended in divorce. Read more at: http://womensenews.org/story/reproductive-health/140804/fertility-push-viewed-unsexy-young-iranians.

Syrian women are facing the same difficulties in Turkey, including early marriages, abuse and even prostitution.

- an Istanbul-based official of the International Organization for Migration’s Syria Emergency Response Team.

Sexual violence, trafficking as well as low school enrollment and forced child labor are all becoming a grim reality, said the same official, who requested anonymity for security reasons.

Read more at: http://womensenews.org/story/immigration/140720/influx-syrian-women-frays-turkeys-welcome-mat

This guy would just slap my butt every time in the hallway. We weren’t friends or anything and he just thought he could do that to every girl he saw.
Katy Ma, a 17-year-old high school student in Doylestown, Penn. on sexual harassment at school. 

Maysoon Zayid is a comedian who has found a way to use her disability has a comic platform to inspire change. She takes her cerebral palsy in stride and has made it her life mission to guarantee that those with disabilities will always maintain their rights. The strength that resonates off of Maysoon will embolden others to join her cause.  Check out her speech from our 21 Leaders for the 21st Century Gala.

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.
Read more: http://womensenews.org/story/incarceration/140322/pushed-out-school-black-girls-lose-huge-ground

"The majority of black girls who have been suspended got kicked out for being loud, even if they weren’t being disrespectful," said Morrisco-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.

Read more: http://womensenews.org/story/incarceration/140322/pushed-out-school-black-girls-lose-huge-ground

Girls Can Code the World

Women and girls talk education for Syrian refugees in Jordan [video]

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