Miles to go before we sleep. . .
Just twenty-one percent of all full professors at colleges and universities
are women and just over two percent are women of color, despite the
fact that fifty-six percent of undergraduate students are female.
Women receive only twenty percent of computer science and engineering-related
technology bachelor's degrees.
The lower tests scores of African American females, Native
American females, and Latinas compared to their white and Asian peers
remains a serious and deep educational divide.
Driven by lawsuits and referendums, some educational institutions are moving to dismantle affirmative action programs
that have increased access for women and students of color.
women have lost an avenue to higher education under the new welfare
Sexual harassment remains pervasive in public schools, where eighty-one
percent of students surveyed have experienced it.
The vocational education law no longer requires targeted support
for programs that have helped women gain access to and succeed in nontraditional
Although teenage girls use computers and the Internet at rates similar
to their male peers, girls are five times less likely to consider a
technology-related career path or plan on taking post secondary technology
classes. According to a 1996 study of SAT test takers, female students
are less likely to have experience using computers to solve math problems
but more likely to have used a computer for word processing, a skill
that will not lead to high-paying, high-tech jobs.
Students and colleagues evaluate female faculty more harshly than male faculty.
For every new dollar going into athletics at the Division I and II
levels, male sports receive sixty-five cents while female sports receive