According to a report released this week by the National Womenís Law Center, an alarmingly high number of young women are dropping out of high school. These young women face higher economic costs than their male counterparts.
"The high school dropout crisis has received significant recent attention but almost exclusively as a problem for boys. It is generally overlooked that girls are also failing to graduate at alarmingly high rates," said Marcia D. Greenberger, Co-President of the National Womenís Law Center in a press release. "The dropout rate for girls results in severe economic consequences for them, their families and society as a whole."
The report also includes recommendations for reducing young womenís high school drop out rates, including improving data collection; increasing school accountability for dropouts; providing additional support for pregnant and parenting students; ensuring girls have equal access to Career and Technical Education training for high-skill, high-wage jobs and after-school programs; and ensuring the required Title IX coordinators, anti discrimination policies and grievance procedures are in place to help students concerned about sex discrimination.