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At Rutgers, She's the First (STF) advocates for the education of young women in impoverished countries. The organization's activism focuses primarily on high school, where many women are discouraged from staying in school due to factors like transportation, cost and domestic pressure.

Rutgers chapter of She's the First helps women in impoverished countries to complete their education

She’s the First: Rutgers, a college chapter of the national non-profit, kicked off the school year with its first general meeting on Tuesday night in Hardenburgh Hall. As an extension of She’s the First (STF) — an organization that supports girls in low-income countries who will be the first in their families to graduate high school — members of the Rutgers chapter educate prospective members on the importance of this cause and encourage them to participate in their many fundraising activities throughout the school year. Ankita Veta, a School of Arts and Sciences senior and the president of STF: Rutgers, explained that the funding specifically finances their high school education, as this is the time for many girls in these countries when familial obligations or societal expectations will cause them to discontinue their education. Significant obstacles including poverty, dangerous routes to school, higher costs at higher levels of schooling and emphasis on early marriage and traditional roles often keep girls in low-income countries from completing their education, according to the She’s the First official website.  “But the fact that you are here today, that you are at this meeting, that alone is already a step towards taking action,” Veta said. The STF website points to the many direct, positive impacts that occur when a girl is provided access to education.  An education means each girl earns 20 percent more per year of schooling she finishes, is less likely to marry early and more likely to be in a healthy relationship, has fewer, healthier children and will take the skills learned in the classroom to support her family and her community, according to the website. To make this a reality for girls all around the world, hundreds of high school and college chapters throughout the U.S.

A copy of Obamacare repeal and replace recommendations (L) produced by Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives sit next to a copy of the Affordable Care Act known as Obamacare as U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price addresses the daily press briefing at the White House in Washington, U.S. March 7, 2017.   REUTERS/Carlos Barria

Public Policy professor analyzes what repealing Affordable Care Act could mean for Rutgers community

With Congress set to vote on a Republican alternative for the Affordable Care Act very soon, some members of the Rutgers community are sharing their opinions on what this means for students and staff alike.  Distinguished Professor Joel Cantor is speaking out on what the GOP’s replacement health care plan could mean for members of the Rutgers community. As a distinguished professor in the Edward J.

Nationally, the number of students enrolled in women's and gender studies majors has increased by more than 300 percent in the last few decades. Rutgers is home to the highest ranked women's and gender graduate program in the country.

Involvement in women's and gender studies programs has increased by over 300 percent nationally

Student interest in women’s and gender studies programs is growing exponentially each year at universities across the country, according to an article published in USA Today College.  The article, which cited a study performed by the National Center for Education Statistics, reported that since 1990, the number of women’s and gender studies degrees conferred has increased by more than 300 percent. At Rutgers specifically, women’s and gender studies has been the only unit in the social sciences and humanities to show consistent growth over the past five years, said Mary Hawkesworth, a distinguished professor in the Departments of Women’s and Gender Studies and Political Science. “It adopts a wonderful matrix of gender, race, class, sexuality, age, ethnicity, ability, disability, nationality and geopolitics as categories for analysis,” she said.

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