Affirmative action programs have played a critical role in opening up educational opportunities for women ― but now, equal access to education is under attack.

What’s at Stake Today

The Supreme Court has recognized that diversity in schools benefits everyone. But this year, for the second time, the Supreme Court will again consider the use of race in university admissions at the University of Texas.

What Is NWLC Doing?

Women ― especially women of color ― are more likely to succeed in schools that promote diversity and that work to eliminate barriers to women entering historically male-dominated fields like engineering and computer science.

Race and gender stereotypes, which are often intertwined and continue to be pervasive in colleges and universities, require affirmative action to be deployed to break down these barriers.

We support affirmative measures to ensure that all students have equal opportunities in education, including allowing colleges and universities to consider racial and ethnic diversity as one factor among many in a carefully crafted admissions policy. We advocate for educational experiences in diverse communities of learners that can help fight back against stereotypes.