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Single-Sex Education: Can Separate Be Equal?
Last Featured: 9/12/2001

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In the 1960’s and 70’s, feminist groups championed the interests of women and girls, and sought entrance to all-male institutions, the business world, sports, all-male clubs, colleges and high schools. Like the civil rights advocates before them, they argued that gender separation is inherently unequal. But in recent years, there’s been a resurgence of interest in all-girls schools and for other single sex facilities, such as all-boys schools designed to confront the specific problems facing African-American males. No longer is it assumed that integration will ease the ills of inequity, or that equal access will ensure equal opportunity.

Valorie K. Vojdik is an Assistant Professor of Law at Western New England College School of Law in Springfield, Massachusetts, where she runs an anti-discrimination law clinic and teaches Gender and the Law and Business Organizations. A graduate of Brown University in 1982 and New York University School of Law in 1986, Professor Vojdik has practiced law at Shearman & Sterling, a large New York law firm and been a faculty member at New York University School of Law. Ms. Vojdik was lead counsel to Shannon Faulkner and Nancy Mellette in the lawsuit that successfully challenged the males-only admission policy of The Citadel, the public Military Style College in South Carolina. Professor Vojdik has written and spoken widely, and has appeared frequently in the national media on issues relating to women in the military, same-sex education, and gender discrimination.

Susan Estrich holds the position of Robert Kingsley Professor of Law and Political Science at the University of Southern California Law School, where she teaches criminal law, criminal procedure, election law, and gender discrimination. Prior to her arrival at USC in 1990, Ms. Estrich taught at Harvard Law School from 1980-1989. In addition, since graduating magna cum laude from Harvard Law School in1977, Ms. Estrich has advised and directed several national political campaigns. She has acted as Platform Coordinator for the Kennedy for President Campaign in 1979-80, Senior Policy Advisor to the Mondale-Ferraro Campaign in 1984, and National Campaign Manager for the Dukakis for President Campaign in 1987-88. She has also remained an active leader in reproductive rights advocacy and civil liberties organizations, and has most recently authored Getting Away with Murder: How Politics is Destroying the Criminal Justice System.

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"Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any map of the world. Yet they are the world of the individual person, the neighborhood he lives in, the school or college he attends, the factory, farm or office where he works. Such are the places where every man, woman and child seeks equal justice, equal opportunity, equal dignity without discrimination. Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere."

— Eleanor Roosevelt, from a speech delivered to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights in 1958

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Growing Smart: What's Working for Girls in School (1995).
Separated by Sex: A Critical Look at Single-Sex Education for Girls (1998).
Boys Themselves : A Return to Single-Sex Education
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Educating Men and Women Together : Coeducation in a Changing World
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For Girls Only : Making a Case for Single-Sex Schooling
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