May 22, 2018

Patsy Mink Fought to Break Down Barriers to Education for Women and Girls, and We Must Continue the Fight

As we celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage month, I find myself reflecting on my own journey as an Asian American woman and the civil rights work that I have the privilege to do. I have a

May 17, 2018

Five Reasons Why American Schools Are Still Separate and Unequal, 64 Years After Brown v. Board

nbsp; Today is the 64th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, the landmark Supreme Court decision that outlawed de jure segregation–the kind of explicit and intentional segregation reflected in “Whites Only” signs and laws

April 12, 2018

Bias is Not That Sneaky

There are few things as satisfying as uncovering the answer to a real-life mystery.  One of the greatest things about social media is its ability to suss out lost or hidden information. The Twittersphere solved one

February 5, 2018

Black Women Built That: Anna Julia Cooper & Nikole Hannah-Jones

In honor of Black History Month, “Black Women Built That” is a series celebrating Black women leaders who have shaped our social, political and cultural life. Without their contributions, our country would be unrecognizable. We wouldn’t

December 5, 2019

Here’s Why We Won’t Clap for Every Woman in Leadership: On the Confirmation of Extremist Sarah Pitlyk

Madeline Albright famously said, “there’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help each other.” While supporting women leadership is important, it’s equally important to call-out behavior that is harmful to women, even if

January 11, 2018

Let Her Learn: Resources for Educators

You Can Make a Difference: Sign the Pledge Our Let Her Learn: Stopping School Pushout reports show that too many girls are being pushed out of school because of unfair discipline practices, or because they’re not

January 11, 2018

Let Her Learn: Resources for Policymakers

You Can Make a Difference: Sign the Pledge Our Let Her Learn: Stopping School Pushout reports show that too many girls are being pushed out of school because of unfair discipline practices, or because they’re not

January 11, 2018

Let Her Learn: Resources for Families

You Can Make a Difference: Sign the Pledge Our Let Her Learn: Stopping School Pushout reports show that too many girls are being pushed out of school because of unfair discipline practices, or because they’re not

December 1, 2017

The Miseducation of Black Women, No Lauryn Hill

Anti-blackness is a powerful force in our nation’s schools. It shapes policy, practices, expectations, and school culture. As renowned social and educational policy scholar Michael Dumas wrote, “The essence of anti-blackness in education policy: the Black

November 21, 2017

It’s Just My Face

Ishia Sillah is a high school student from Maryland. She’s passionate about writing, equal rights, and poetry. “Why are you so mad?” “I swear you always have an attitude.” These are a few of the things

October 10, 2017

The Risk of Being a Black Woman with a Voice

Jemele Hill was suspended from work yesterday for being a thoughtful Black woman with a voice. This suspension came just a few weeks after the White House said that her tweets were a “fireable offense.” Jemele’s

June 13, 2017

“We’re watching” & Other Thoughts Shared with Candice Jackson, Acting Head of ED OCR

Earlier today, I, along with my Law Center colleagues, met with Candice Jackson, Acting Assistant Secretary for the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR). Jackson has been on the job barely two months, and

April 18, 2017

Let Her Learn: Resources for Students

You Can Make a Difference: Sign the Pledge Our Let Her Learn: Stopping School Pushout reports show that too many girls are being pushed out of school because of unfair discipline practices, or because they’re not