7 Teacher Resources That Address Gender Equality

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August 29, 2014

Teaching women’s issues doesn’t have to be saved for Women’s History Month. That is why we are thrilled when we see teachers who have implemented materials in their syllabi and reading lists that are mindful of gender issues throughout the year.  In that spirit, we’ve pulled together some of our resources that can help educators engage students in important conversations about confronting gender stereotypes, recognizing women’s leadership, and seeing education through a gender lens.

On Introducing Girls to Engineering

All too often, students don’t comprehend the full impact that a job in a science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) can have. And even when they do, our research shows that girls are discouraged from getting involved in these fields. That’s why we hold a lesson-plan contest, which has turned out two plans and a blog, to help more people introduce students to engineering. Check the plans out, and if your students like them, then an AAUW Tech Trek summer camp or Tech Savvy conference might also be a great opportunity!

On Fighting Sexual Harassment

Education can be the key to ending sexual harassment and bullying in schools, but it’s not an easy topic to broach. These tips can help teachers talk about sexual harassment in a way that empowers students to think critically and fosters peer mentorship.

On Gaining a Deeper Understanding of Suffrage

This digital learning module, produced by the Newseum and supported by AAUW, explains how suffragists embraced the First Amendment to gain the right to vote. The module provides flexible lesson plans that are easy to introduce into your classroom or combine with a current plan. Students can learn about our rights to freedom of speech and expression, investigate political and social protest, and interact with primary sources.

On Women’s History

With more than 130 years behind us, AAUW has seen a lot — and our archives prove it. Tap into our AAUW history tag, where we tell the stories of real women who fought in the classroom, in the workplace, and in wartime for their rightful place in history.

On Using Research as a Catalyst

Use AAUW’s research to stay current on the information shaping education and the workplace for women. Students can read up on important reports to help add a gender lens to their projects, or you can download a PowerPoint presentation to add to your lecture.

Get the Quick Facts on Policies and Laws

What does it mean when candidates talk about protecting Social Security in a presidential debate, or when the news covers a report on an employee suing under Title IX? AAUW Quick Facts and Know Your Rights overviews will teach students the basics of public policy issues and laws that affect women. Host a discussion so students can ask follow-up questions, or prepare a student-led debate on the issues.

On Women in Leadership

Showing your students great women leaders can expand girls’ and boys’ perceptions of traditional gender roles. Think about these topics next time you explore job skills and career plans with your students.

Bonus: Twitter

You’ve probably heard about the teacher hashtags and the flipped classrooms, but have you used Twitter to tap into conversations about current events, gender, and race? Teachers like high school women’s studies teacher Ileana Jiménez (#HSfeminism) and history professor Marcia Chatelain (#FergusonSyllabus) have created hashtags to share materials that can help make hard conversations more approachable for teachers and students. You can also follow AAUW on Twitter and Facebook to know whenever we make or update resources that you might find useful.

 


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