Those of you who attended our Sex Ed Film Festival this winter got to hear an appalling story from our former intern, Rosalee. Though she’s now in her 50s,, Rosalee shared still-painful memories of becoming a teen mom before there were laws to protect her. When Rosalee got pregnant in high school, school administrators did everything possible to shame her. Her crime – “promiscuity” – won her an appearance before her school’s honor court. They ruled she could no longer attend school. It took her years to get her GED and made her earliest parenting years that much harder.
Today, young parents have laws to protect them, but few people (and few schools) know about them. The National Women’s Law Center has done an incredible job of protecting and promoting laws that make education a possibility for girls like Rosalee.
On Wednesday, August 10 at 3:00 pm, the NWLC will host a conference call to help you understand the rights of pregnant and parenting teens in the U.S. Register here for this free and important opportunity.
Quick facts about pregnant and parenting teens:
- Title IX – the same law that gives girls the right to play school sports – works to ensure schools don’t deny educational opportunities from pregnant and parenting teens. Another reason to cheer Title IX!
- In North Carolina, nearly 30% of our adolescent pregnancies happen to a girl who has already had at least one pregnancy. That means working with teen parents isn’t just a good thing to do; it’s an important for lowering our teen pregnancy rates.
- Everything is harder once a baby comes along! Education is no different. A teen mom has a <2% chance of getting a college degree before age 30. That’s bad for her, her family, and our community as a whole.
So, sign up for the NWLC call and learn more about how young parents in your community can get the education they’ll need to succeed in life.