‘I hope that they find normalcy’: What a D.C. dad’s fight for his daughters’ education says about girls of color in school

This is especially important when we talk about girls of color, who face known risks of being pushed to abandon their education. [We can’t keep leaving black girls behind] They are more likely than their white counterparts to attend schools that don’t have enough resources, face suspension and be held back a grade, according to the National Women’s Law Center, which has led research on the subject. The organization’s most recent “Let Her Learn” survey found that “black girls were more likely than any other group of girls to see themselves as leaders. However, in the school setting, assertiveness can often be misidentified as ‘talking back’ or ‘defiance,’ which puts them at greater risk for inequitable discipline.” Latinas, who are also at risk of implicit bias because they are often seen as aggressive and promiscuous, reported in the survey being harassed because of their names and family origins. They have the lowest rate of participation in pre-college entrance exams.