Gender parity for girls increasing in math and science, but division still remains in technical education

Published in the Concord Monitor 12/1/2021 5:18:55 PM

New Hampshire girls have made strides in recent years, especially in math and science proficiency, a new report shows, but some challenges still exist that female students are facing far more than their male peers, particularly poor mental health and bullying, and enrollment in technical education.

For Black and Hispanic girls, and those who live in rural areas, those challenges are even more likely.

The new report, titled 'the Status of Girls in New Hampshire 2021' is the first of its kind and was released Wednesday by the New Hampshire Women's Foundation, which publishes a similar report on women on a biennial basis. The report uses data from New Hampshire's Education and Health and Human Services departments, as well as the census and the Youth Risk Behavior Survey, to assess five areas of girls' well-being: education, economic security, health, safety and substance abuse.