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Gender Empowerment

Ensuring and Protecting Opportunities for Girls, Women and LGBTQ+ Students and Educators
Join together to break down barriers to educational and professional success so that women, girls, and all people who face gender discrimination can achieve their full potential.
Published: May 12, 2023
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How to use this toolkit

  • Read about the importance of supporting and protecting and ensuring opportunity for girls and women, take action, and get involved with the movement
  • Learn how to talk about this issue effectively and respectfully, particularly with those who think differently
  • Explore resources to help you learn more about gender equality
  • Find art to help you communicate

Safe learning for all


All students deserve equal access to educational opportunities no matter their color, gender, or whom they love. However, girls, women and LGBTQ+ youth often face barriers that threaten their success in school and beyond. Girls of color are more likely than white girls to face unfair discipline. And sexual harassment and violence in school are problems that confront most all girls and LGBTQ+ youth. The statistics are grim:

  • Black girls are 5.5 times more likely to be suspended from school as white girls. 

  • Schools suspend American Indian/Alaskan Native girls at more than three times the rate of white girls and at a higher rate than white boys. 

  • Latina girls are 1.6 times more likely to be suspended than white girls. 

Across the country, educators are working to ensure safe and equitable classrooms, free from bias and discrimination. Women, girls, and all people who face gender-based discrimination are calling their elected officials, raising their voices, and organizing in the streets to put in place policies that help them achieve their potential. Use this toolkit to learn more about the issues and how you can join educators, students, families, and allies to mobilize and advocate for policies and practices that support the needs of all students, regardless of gender.

Advocating for Equality

Many state laws and school policies need revision to ensure an equitable and safe learning environment for girls. Use the resources below to effect change in your school and state.
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Bullying and Sexual Harassment Trainings

NEA offers professional learning on bullying prevention, including prevent student-to-student cyberbullying, sexual harassment, and sexting.
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Advancing Gender Justice

The National Women’s Law Center created this resource for state and local legislators and advocates fighting for equality and opportunity for women and girls.

Putting a Stop to 'Pushout'

The National Women’s Law Center's Let Her Learn: A Toolkit to Stop Pushout of Girls of Color helps educators and schools find out if your discipline policy treats girls of color fairly.

Ensure Fairness and Opportunity for Women at Work

About three-quarters of U.S. public school teachers are women. On average, women still earn just 80 cents for every dollar earned by men, with women of color receiving even less. At the same time, many women continue to face harassment and discrimination in their places of employment. Use these resources to help ensure equity for women at work.
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Know Your Rights: Harassment and Discrimination

NEA created this toolkit to help members identify and respond to discrimination and harassment in the workplace.
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Take Action on Women’s Rights

As a nation, we’ve made great strides in the fight for equality. But there’s still a way to go. Stay up to date on the latest federal advocacy actions to ensure gender equity in the workplace and to address violence against women.
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Gender Justice at Work

The National Women's Law Center offers this roadmap for eliminating discriminatory practices in the workplace.

Use Your Educator Voice.

We are THE voice for educators in Georgia. See what membership can mean for you!
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Together we're stronger. Together we're heard.

You belong in the movement! Join today to belong to the movement of educators and school staff fighting for the pay and working conditions we all deserve.

We Are the Georgia Association of Educators

The Georgia Association of Educators (GAE) is Georgia's premier professional association for public school employees. We are a member-led organization supporting students and educators in Georgia's public schools through grassroots organizing, legislative advocacy, and legal action.