Cover of Unlocking Opportunity for African American Girls

African American girls face significant barriers to educational success, including lack of access to educational opportunities, pervasive racial and gender stereotypes that affect the decisionmaking of school leaders and educators; discriminatory discipline practices that disproportionately push them out of school; high rates of exposure to sexual harassment and violence; juvenile justice system involvement; and lack of support for those who are pregnant or parenting while still in school.

Unlocking Opportunity for African American Girls: A Call to Action for Educational Equity, a new report from the National Women’s Law Center and the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc., shines a spotlight on these and other barriers, and their impact on the lives of African American girls and women. It contains recommendations for educators, school leaders, communities, advocates, policymakers, and philanthropic organizations to take action to advance the success of African American girls.

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