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Listening to Latinas: Barriers to High School Graduation

The National Women’s Law Center, Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund

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.

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National Women’s Law Center and Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund. (2009). Listening to Latinas: barriers to high school graduation. Washington, DC.