Education

Education

To Access our Women's History resources and Educational Info/Materials please visit our Women's history Page under projects!

Problem: 

Women and girls all around the world face discrimination and obstacles in their classrooms solely due to gender. In addition, they are underrepresented in the fields of STEM and have drastically less involvement than their men counterparts. This leads to teachers being more likely to call on boys rather than on girls in a classroom environment. Relatably, women's history is not as emphasized in schools. For example, a 2018 report from the National Women's History Museum found that "state standards do NOT address the breadth and depth of women's history, and that women's experiences and stories are not well integrated in US State History standards and that standards emphasize a small number of topics or eras... being women-centric such as the progressive era and women's suffrage/voting rights.” Also, In the past 20 years, numerous studies evaluating gender bias in K-12 History textbooks and National History standards have indicated that "history textbooks demonstrate significant gender imbalance and bias, with some texts containing less than 3% of pages devoted to females” (Sadker & Sadker, 1994).   In many countries across the world, girls are often discouraged from attending school rather are forced into household responsibilities or even get married at a young age. According to UIS data, 15 million girls of primary-school-age will never have the opportunity to learn to read and write in primary school if current trends continue, compared to about 10 million boys. Furthermore, In Afghanistan and Sudan, there are only about 70 girls enrolled in primary school for every 100 boys while large gaps persist in countries like Chad (77 girls for 100 boys), Yemen (84 girls), and Pakistan (85 girls). This relates to the idea that in countless countries, girls are forced to drop out of school as their parents believe that it is a waste of money to send a daughter to higher education. 

 

Projects, Our Plans:

To Access our Women's History resources and Educational Info/Materials please visit our Women's history Page under projects!

Recently, WEAR has started collaborating with FCPS Social Studies to amend curriculums, and we have created several lessons and learning experiences highlighting women in the civil war that will be used this year as a part of the 6th grade, 4th quarter Civil War curriculum. By creating interactive and meaningful lessons, WEAR has developed resources for students created by students, to deepen their knowledge of women in the civil war and promote equality in history curriculums! WEAR Organization is grateful to be able to work with FCPS and cannot wait to continue promoting gender equality in education! 

Along with that, we also have our petition to integrate more women's history into curriculums that has over 5000 signatures. Petition: http://tiny.cc/WEAR. In addition, we will be collaborating on professional development workshops, learning experiences, and conducting webinars to continue to spread awareness about women in education, and amend curriculums. 

 

We also plan to conduct school webinars with both elementary and middle schoolers to address topics regarding women's history, representation, rights, and more. This information will be relatable to students because it will tie in their curriculum as well as real-world examples to broaden their horizons. Furthermore, we have been creating both monthly and weekly newsletters which will provide information regarding the large and ever-expanding issues that women face in the world of education, and our biographical sketches about Women in various fields: Women In the Field. Don't forget to sign up to receive newsletters as well as create an account for more information!