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Gender Inequality: High School Dropout Rates

Research indicates that high school dropouts are more likely to experience unemployment, prison, divorce, and live in poverty. The consequences of dropping out not only affect the individual, but they have long-term effects that negatively impact their children when they cannot provide for them economically. Children of dropouts are also more likely to underperform in schools and drop out of high school. On a national scale, the high school dropout rate indicates that the issue is improving. Since 1960, the United States has decreased its number of high school dropouts by almost 20 percent, from 27 percent in 1960 to 8 percent in 2008. Despite this decrease, males who drop out of high school consistently exceed that of female students. Throughout the 1990s, the male ...

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