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 gir...

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