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Demographic Diversity

The subjects of this book are the policies and public debates affecting women’s rights in the United States. The book is organized according to areas of policy activity. For each area of importance to women’s lives, such as education, family, or work, there are questions, or issues, about the relation of gender to the subject and what actions government should take. In the area of education, for example, one issue has been the purpose of public education for girls in comparison with that for boys. Some people believe schools should recognize that women have different adult roles in the family and at work and should educate accordingly. Others argue there should be no recognition of gender differences in public education policy or practice. Some feminists want schools to take an active role in stamping out sexist stereotypes, gender bias, and discrimination.