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According to the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, schools must ensure that their STEM courses and programs are free from discrimination.   In the June 22, 2007 Dear Colleague letter, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights reaffirmed that women, girls, and society as a whole benefits when opportunities in areas such as mathematics and science are increased for women and girls.  “The United States cannot remain educationally, economically, or technologically competitive without the contributions of all of its citizens, and Title IX has made it possible for more women and girls to make such contributions.” 

To view the Dear Colleague Letter, click here:  June 22, 2007 Dear Colleague Letter


  • The US Department of Education’s National Center for Education Research through the Institute for Education Sciences has developed the following resource guide:  Encouraging Girls in Math and Science 
  • The National Center for Women & Information Technology has a number of free resources available at
  • Million Women Mentor has additional free resources and whitepapers available at

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