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Do Women-Only STEM Programs Hold Up Legally Under Title IX




Women are getting more opportunities in the STEM fields
Women are getting more opportunities in the STEM fields
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Women-only STEM programs are being criticized as discriminatory against males.

Computer and science programs and scholarships focused specifically on women aim to bridge the gender gap in STEM fields, but some question the legality under Title IX, which bans sexual discrimination in educational programs.

The U.S Department of Education is investigating several universities and schools that offer women-only scholarships, workshops and other programs. Some legal experts argue the practice of offering female-focused STEM programs is legally sound because there’s still an uneven playing field as a result of historic discrimination against women. But others say things have swung too far the other way, and now males are being negatively impacted by these types of programs.

Larry sits down with experts to discuss the legal implications. Have you been impacted in some way by women-focused STEM programs? What about single-gender scholarships? We want to hear from you! Join the conversation by calling in at 866-893-5722.

Guests:

Everett Bartlett, president of the Stop Abusive and Violent Environments’ (SAVE) Title IX Equity Project, which filed the administrative complaints to the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights  

Diane Klein, professor of law at University of La Verne, where her areas of expertise include civil rights and anti-discrimination law

Erin Buzuvis, professor at law at Western New England University, where Title IX is one of her areas of expertise