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To help keep girls in school and on track for success, the National Women’s Law Center and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund went straight to the source: Latina students and the adults who work with them every day. Our report, Listening to Latinas: Barriers to High School Graduation, explores the causes of the dropout crisis for Latinas and identifies the actions needed to improve their graduation rates and get them ready for college. 

Latinas are dropping out of school in alarming numbers. Forty-one percent of Latina students do not graduate with their class in four years—if they graduate at all. Many Latina students face challenges related to poverty, immigration status, limited English proficiency, and damaging gender and ethnic stereotypes. And the high teen pregnancy rate for Latinas — the highest of any ethnic group — reflects and reinforces the barriers they face.  

Reports & Toolkits

June 9, 2009

Latinas are dropping out of school in alarming numbers. 41% of Latina students do not graduate with their class in four years - if they graduate at all. Listening to Latinas explores the causes of the dropout crisis for Latinas and identifies the actions needed to improve their graduation rates and get them ready for college.

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June 9, 2009

To help keep girls in school and on track for success, the National Women's Law Center and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund went straight to the source: Latina students and the adults who work with them every day. Our Reports & Toolkits, Listening to Latinas: Barriers to High School Graduation, explores the causes of the dropout crisis for Latinas and identifies the actions needed to improve their graduation rates and get them ready for college.

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Webinars & Presentations

October 14, 2009

Over 25 percent of girls are not graduating from high school in four years., yet those rates are worse for girls of color. 41 percent of Latinas do not graduate from high school in four years with their class - if they graduate at all. That 41 percent rate is higher than the rate for white males and females, for Asian Pacific Islander males and females, and it’s also higher than the national average for all students, including boys and girls. Almost half of Latinas ages 25 to 64 who don’t have their high school diploma, are unemployed.

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August 26, 2009

I'm Lucy Flores

I am a first generation Mexican American. I am the youngest girl of 13 siblings. I was raised in poverty by my father, and growing up I didn't have much to strive for.

My mother left when I was nine years old. Every single one of my sisters-six of them-got pregnant when they were teenagers. I currently have two brothers who are in prison and lost two brothers as a result of drug and gang violence.

98 % of Latinas we surveyed want to finish high school.

41% of Latinas don't.

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