An equitable education system is of utmost importance to provide fair opportunity and access for all individuals. More than 65 years after Brown vs. Board of Education ruled that separate but equal education was unconstitutional, systems today continue to be riddled with discrimination. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, national high school graduation rates in 2018 were significantly higher for white students as compared to other races and socioeconomic backgrounds. Additional sex-based injustice has led to a wide array of negative effects such as period poverty, unfair dress codes leading to inappropriate sexualization of students, high rates of unreported sexual assault and harassment in schools, and discriminatory treatment of transgender students. Inequity in education only widens the achievement gap, affecting individuals for the rest of their lives. Generation Ratify does not believe anyone’s quality of education should be dictated by their gender, race, religion, or socioeconomic background.
WHAT WE WILL FIGHT FOR...
We will fight for the passage of the Menstrual Equity for All Act. Because the Menstrual Equity for All Act would provide equitable access to products needed by menstruators and resolve long-standing issues interfering with menstruators’ educations. This would benefit women and femmes who are directly affected by the stigma this issue holds, as well as all menstruators generally.
We will fight for the passage of the bill to enforce that the Secretary of Education may not issue certain rules that weaken the enforcement of the prohibition of sex discrimination applicable under Title IX. Because any one Secretary of Education or presidential administration should not be able to decide how to assert Title IX. These protections would prevent the Secretary of Education from issuing certain rules that weaken the enforcement of the prohibition of sex discrimination applicable under Title IX would protect essential rulings on equitable education from manipulation. This would be directly helpful to women and femmes who struggle in the education system and who Title IX was written to protect.
We will fight to support teen moms. Because teen moms deserve an education, as well as the ability to create a life for them and their child. With teen pregnancy rates so high in the U.S., it is important to acknowledge and help teen moms through all the ups and downs of motherhood within our school systems where they are already comfortable
We will fight for a universal pre-kindergarten education. Because implementing universal pre-k programs can help make great strides in closing the achievement gap in the education system. Additionally, universal pre-k would allow for mothers to go back to work more easily, lessening the wage gap and help to achieve economic gender equality
We will fight for easier access to 504 Plans for students with mental illnesses. Because allowing for less costly, easier access to 504 plans would ensure equitable education opportunities to students with disabilities, including various mental illnesses.
We will fight to promote women in science, technology, math, and engineering (STEM) classes. Because closing the gender gaps in STEM fields will allow for more economic opportunity and financial independence as well as a boosted Gross Domestic Product.
We will fight to demilitarize schools. Because demilitarizing school resource officers will protect students from racially motivated discriminatory action that can negatively impact or harm their education.
“Growing up, education has been an important part of my life. My immigrant parents instilled my siblings and I the values of hard work, patience and discipline during our education years so we wouldn’t struggle like they have to now. My parents wanted the best for me but my education system does not. My education system gives me a hard time being a girl. Every time I walk down the halls, I am already being ridiculed for my clothes and getting uncomfortable attention from my teachers and coaches. When I feel my period is coming, I am already running to the bathroom and then the nurse’s office to get a pad and then the bathroom and then casually to class, [only] to see my class is already on the next lesson. My education gives me a hard time being a person of color. Even though I am thankful a security guard never tackled me because I looked “suspicious”, the intense glares I receive in the halls are enough to make me feel un-welcomed. My education system gives me a hard time being from a low-middle class family. Yes, I understand paying $2.50 for lunch everyday is not a lot, but saving $2.50 for my family everyday will be enough for the bills. My education system gives me a hard time overall… Schools should be more equitable, more responsible and serious about their students. We need access to menstrual products and resources for students with mental health issues/disabilities. We need to make school a safe environment for all students and not a place to fear of violence or discomfort. The administration needs to stop treating schools like businesses and more like homes for students. They need to make us feel comfortable and safe so we can grow and develop as humans and not tools for society.”
- Tasfia Ahmad, NJ, Generation Ratify NJ Chapter Lead
“I can’t even count how many times my friends, or even random students i don’t know, have asked me for a tampon or pad in the hallway. I provided them when I could, but a lot of the time many were left stranded, with no or complicated access to menstrual products. Periods are often painful and embarrassing enough as it is, students should not have to worry about missing school or bleeding through their clothes because they don’t have access to basic hygiene products. This is why we should pass the Menstrual Equity For All Act immediately.”
- Anabelle Lombard, VA, Generation Ratify National Creative Director