ERIC Number: ED263263
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Dec
Reference Count: 0
The Report Card on Educating Hispanic Women.
Crocker, Elvira Valenzuela
Peer Report, n3 1982
Hispanic women earn less, own fewer businesses, and are less represented in politics than almost any other population segment, and their history of low educational attainment is a key factor for each of these realities. In 1981, while 69% of the total population completed four or more years of high school, only 42% of the Hispanic females reached the same level. With an average of 10.2 years of schooling, Hispanas lag behind Black females at 11.9 and white females at 12.5 average years of schooling. The pattern continues at the college level, with Hispanic females less likely than Black or white females to complete four or more years of college. Because of scarce data, it is difficult to quantify the reasons for the low educational attainment level among Hispanics. Economic need, language barriers, family responsibility, and educator attitudes are all contributors to the high Latina dropout rate, which is twice as high as the national rate of 16%. Moreover, because of the absence of female and Hispanic leadership in education, Hispanic high school women lack role models and suffer from inadequate counseling. Vocational education enrollments clearly show that Hispanas are being steered into life cycles with little career or income potential. In Denver, for example, young women make up 44% of the total vocational enrollment, but 90% of these end up in home economics and clerical jobs, with little career potential and low pay. Nationally, technical courses are dominated by white males (82.9%), with a tiny enrollment of Hispanas (1.8%). For the nation's Hispanas, solutions (such as increased parental involvement) are urgently needed. (KH)
Descriptors: Dropout Characteristics, Educational Attainment, Educational Opportunities, Females, Hispanic Americans, Postsecondary Education, Secondary Education, Student Needs
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Publication Type: Reports - General; Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Women's Educational Equity Act Program (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund, Washington, DC. Project on Equal Education Rights.