|Nearly one in three girls ages 14–18 has experienced sexual assault or other violence. More than one in 10 girls has been homeless. Black girls are five and a half times more likely to be suspended — and six times more likely to be expelled — than white girls. These findings are from our national Let Her Learn Survey, released this morning, which reveals barriers that affect girls’ ability to stay and succeed in school.
Along with the survey, we also released a series of reports full of sobering facts like these. The often overlapping trauma that girls experience affects not only their mental and physical health but also their ability to concentrate, feel safe, and stay in school. These reports and survey should sound an urgent alarm for policymakers, educators, and communities to provide girls with the supports and services they need to succeed in school.
Despite the obstacles they face, many girls are resilient and want to go on to college. Four in five girls feel optimistic about their futures, and more than four in five want to go on to a four-year college. We owe it to these girls to do all we can to help them succeed. Join us in committing to Let Her Learn.
When girls thrive, society thrives. Thanks for doing your part to Let Her Learn, and for becoming part of the solution to the challenges girls face.
P.S. You can access the full reports, as well as a host of related resources, on the Let Her Learn website.
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