Women Losing Out on Career and Technical Education

Research out of Cornell University shows that vocational education and apprenticeship programs are largely leaving women out of the picture. The researchers used data from a longitudinal education study from 2002, tracking a cohort of sophomores through early adulthood. They found that women who attended vocational high school in working class communities were less likely to be employed and less likely to work in professional occupations when they were employed compared to their male counterparts. Moreover, even the women who did obtain high-skilled jobs often found themselves still unable to acquire the good paying positions. Among high school graduates ages 25-28 in such jobs, the hourly gender wage gap was 22 percent, with women making 78 cents for every dollar men make.

While a bill, introduced by a bipartisan group of House members, attempts to update career and technical education law, the language of the bill does not specifically address access for female students. This raises questions about how school training negatively impacts gender inequality in today's economy.

The Common Core State Standards can have an invaluable impact on girls in the classroom. More engaging and challenging standards build a strong academic foundation for all students. Girls have a lot to gain from more-rigorous learning standards that better prepare them for college and career success. By raising the expectations for student learning, the Common Core State Standards allow girls the opportunity to seize STEM learning opportunities while in grade school; to pursue a diverse set of college majors; and to obtain jobs that command higher salaries.

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By: Denise Maria
Account Manager