Women continue to face hurdles in school and at work, which can prevent them from attaining economic security and independence. From pre-k to graduate school, girls face discrimination in education—they are steered out of STEM programs, have fewer opportunities in athletics, and face unacceptably high levels of sexual harassment and violence.
Victims of campus sexual assault, in addition to dealing with devastating violations to their bodily integrity and physical safety, too often face disruptions to their education and career, which can result in permanent damage to job prospects, financial security, and lifetime earnings.
In employment, women hold jobs with lower salaries and fewer benefits. They are excluded from male-dominated training programs and professions. Once they are there, they encounter sexual harassment, gender stereotyping, and pregnancy discrimination—all of which prevent them from advancing in the workplace.