Let Her Learn: Stop School Pushout for Girls Who Are Pregnant or Parenting
Becoming pregnant or having a child should not be the end of anyone’s education. In fact, becoming a parent can be a powerful motivator that encourages young women to focus on their and their children’s futures. Studies have found that student mothers who had previously disengaged from school can find new reasons to return after the birth of a child. Yet, despite the increased motivation of many young parents to succeed in school and the protection against discrimination provided by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (“Title IX”), many girls who are pregnant or parenting continue to be pushed out of school. These girls often face discrimination, harassment, inflexible school policies, and other barriers, such as lack of child care and transportation, that make it harder for them to remain and succeed in school.