Champions for gender equity
Five programs to close the gender leadership gap
Teach About Women is raising $50,000 to ensure that five groundbreaking programs will be in schools in Fall, 2021.
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Primary and secondary school are vital periods for building self-esteem, empathy, and resilience. Girls and boys alike learn the written and unwritten rules of influence and power. The messages are clear. In history classes, students learn about men in leadership and men in government. Hardly a woman is mentioned. Meanwhile, girls are being pushed towards self-selecting out of science and math.
- Change what we teach so that we educate students about the history of gender dynamics, how they shift over time, and how they shape our lives. We're doing that with our new history book and curriculum.
- Change how we teach to address gender gaps. We're doing that with a STEM Pedagogy Guide designed to make girls feel like assets in the classroom and a Six-session online teaching workshop (launching in January) called the Gender Equity Institute.
- Engage boys and young men in gender equity work. We're doing that with a life skills course, Gender Equity for Middle School Boys
We are shaping the future of American education so that we can shape the future of American leadership.
Because students learn so much of the written and unwritten rules of power while in primary and secondary school (grades K-12), changing the message we send in school can shape the future of leadership. By educating boys and girls alike (and their teachers too!) to be champions for gender equity, we are ensuring long-lasting change. Martin Luther King Jr. said that "the arc of moral universe is long, but that it bends toward justice." Coretta Scott King added, "I am convinced that the women of the world, united without any regard for national or racial dimensions, can become the most powerful force for international peace and brotherhood." We couldn't agree more.
What are we working on?
We are preparing five programs and building student coalitions in 10 schools.
A Book – Women, Gender & Power: A New Global History
A Curriculum – Gender-inclusive Global History for high school
A Workshop Series – The Gender Equity Institute (launching online in January)
A Leadership Program – Gender Equity for Middle School Boys
A STEM Teaching Guide – Why STEM needs girls: 10 practices to make girls feel like assets in the classroom
Student Coalitions – Student-led clubs to advocate for gender equity in their schools & communities
What is our timeline?
By giving before December 31st, you ensure that our teachers and experts can get to work as soon as possible on writing and testing these resources in classrooms.