Career and Technical Education
More than 35 years after Congress outlawed sex discrimination in education, the gender divide in career and technical education has narrowed barely at all. Just as in the 1970s, high school girls are the vast majority of those who enroll in traditionally female courses, such as cosmetology and child care. And high school boys make up all but a tiny percentage of the students in traditionally male fields such as auto mechanics and construction and repair.
The dollars-and-cents difference in payoff is startling: girls who take up traditionally female occupations can expect to earn half - or less - what they could make if they went into such traditionally male fields as auto repair, welding, or engineering.
Educational institutions must ensure equal access for girls to career and technical education classes that provide training for high-skill, high-wage jobs.
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