Traditionally male-dominated careers, like construction and engineering, tend to offer better pay than traditionally female fields. Women deserve equal access to career and technical education programs in fields leading to high-wage, high-skill, and high-demand jobs.

What’s at Stake Today

Federal law requires that students have the same access to career and technical education programs, regardless of sex. But even so, women and girls are only a small percentage of the students taking training courses for high-paying fields like manufacturing and information technology. And a high percentage are enrolled in lower-paying programs, like child care and cosmetology.

What Is NWLC Doing?

For girls to have a fair chance at earning a high wage when they start their careers, we’ve got to remove the barriers that keep them out of education and job-training programs targeted at high-paying fields.

We support policies that promote education and training for women and girls in these high-skill, high-wage and high-demand jobs. That means holding states accountable for making sure more girls enroll in training programs for traditionally male fields, like construction and computer science. It’s also essential to track data on how many male and female students are in each program ― and to provide funding to help states close the gaps.