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Gender Equality

Equality in education is an important issue, as gender equality guidelines improve education for both men and women. The goal of providing better education for women does not mean neglecting or suppressing men. By placing men and women on an equal level, the relatively increased valuing of women will also benefit men by informing them of the strengths, capabilities and contributions of members of the opposite sex. It may also decrease the pressure many boys feel to conform to the traditional roles, behaviors and ways of thinking. Eventually, the stereotypes may be counteracted and eliminated, so education will be more gender balanced. In 1972 the US Department of Education passed Title IX, a group of amendments designed to reform gender inequality in schools (American Association of University Women, 1998). According to the amendment (p. 28), "no person in the US shall, on the basis of sex be excluded from participation in, or denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal aid." This amendment aimed to ensure equality for both girls and boys in schools. The most well-known result, and thus also the misconceived sole purpose, of Title IX was the encouragement and support of many female sports teams in public schools, and the amendment improved gender disparities in other areas as well. However, twenty-five years later, the problem of gender inequality remained. According to The Report Card on Gender Equity released by the National Coalition for Women and Girls in Education in June 1997 (p. 29), "too many girls and women still confront 'No Trespassing' signs throughout educational institutions. Women remain underrepresented in critical areas such as math and science..." A report issued by the American Association of University Women (AAUW) in 1992 titled How Schools Shortchange Girls, presented some important statistics on girls and education. The report...

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