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Explore our Youth Storyteller’s Poem “I Can’t Breathe”

The Center on Gender Justice & Opportunity at Georgetown Law is excited to share a new animated video that brings to life the poignant poem “I Can’t Breathe” by Makayla Rivera, our esteemed Youth Storyteller in Residence.  Makayla’s poem focuses on young people’s experiences navigating the presence of police in schools, offering a compelling narrative on the realities faced by students of

Yet Unfulfilled, the Promise of Title IX: Let Girls Learn

Title IX was enacted over 50 years ago, prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sex in education. Recently, the Biden administration proposed changes to the Title IX regulations, which could strengthen protections against sex discrimination in education. Yet, girls still learn in environments that are not safe or affirming, and student survivors are too often

Lesson of the Day: ‘A Battle for the Souls of Black Girls’

Lesson Overview Featured Article: “‘A Battle for the Souls of Black Girls’” by Erica L. Green, Mark Walker and Eliza Shapiro For years, education reform has looked at discipline disparities between Black boys and white boys. However, recent cases have brought to the forefront the ways in which Black girls are disciplined at rates close

‘A Battle for the Souls of Black Girls’

Black girls are viewed by educators as more suspicious, mature, provocative and aggressive than their white peers, said Rebecca Epstein, the executive director of the Georgetown Law Center on Poverty and Inequality and an author of the first robust study of “adultification bias” against Black girls. The study found that Black girls as young as 5

NYC Pushes Toward Goal of Zero Girls in Detention With New Program.

“There’s a hostility that’s often there. If you are deferential and submissive you get a little better treatment,” said Chapman. “But anytime you question or you demand or you challenge you get treated with an extreme hostility and brutality. I’ve seen it so many times. I’ve experienced it.” The authors of Georgetown’s 2017 study stated that “the