Pregnant and Parenting Students Task Force

Title IX’s promise of equal opportunity for girls and women is still far from being fulfilled when it comes to pregnant and parenting students. Title IX prohibits discrimination on the basis of pregnancy or parenting, yet these students frequently face policies that segregate them, exclude them from class or extracurricular activities, or punish them for excused medical absences.

These discriminatory practices can have devastating consequences. Faced with missed work and other obstacles, many pregnant and parenting students drop out of school, thus lowering their chances of finding stable employment that will let them support their families.

Schools can ensure compliance with Title IX by establishing equitable policies, educating the school community about the rights of pregnant and parenting students, and putting support structures in place. Such measures can help young parents—both mothers and fathers—stay in school and succeed.

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