Women-only STEM programmes under attack as discriminatory
The United States Department of Education has opened more than two dozen investigations into universities across the nation – University of California, Berkeley, UCLA and University of Southern California, as well as Yale, Princeton and Rice universities – that offer female-only scholarships, awards, professional development workshops and even science and engineering camps for middle and high school girls. Sex discrimination in educational programmes is banned under Title IX, a federal law that applies to all institutions, both public and private, that receive federal funding.
A new study released recently found that 84% of about 220 universities offer single-gender scholarships, many of them in STEM fields: science, technology, engineering and mathematics. That practice is permitted under Title IX only if the “overall effect” of scholarships is equitable. The study, by a Maryland-based non-profit advocating gender equity on college campuses, showed the majority of campus awards lopsidedly benefited women.
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