Sexism is a learned behavior, that often stems from the lack of women's history in education. Children aren't exposed to the history and contributions of women and don't understand their worth. Half the population is women, yet women are barely mentioned as sidenotes in history curriculums and aren't taught about nearly enough.
You know about Paul Revere, but do you know about Sybil Ludington, the 16-year-old woman who rode all night on horseback to alert New York and Connecticut of the arrival of the British? If not, it's probably because the middle school curriculums address specifically covering Paul Revere's heroic alert to the colonials, but not Sybil Ludington's.
There are countless other examples of forgotten women's history, and we need to write women back into our textbooks. Through petitioning, conducting webinars, fighting for curriculum change and more, WEAR is dedicated to writing women back into historical curriculums.
Below we have a few Initiatives and resources you can use to help us fight for women's history! We also have resources on helping with current issues in the world, to access and learn about those issues click here!
Our petition advocates for the representation of women & women's history in Fairfax County Public School curriculums. With over 5000 signatures, we are gaining support and working towards integrating more women's history into FCPS curriculums!
Learn & Teach about a Woman in Each Field
There have been countless amazing women in each field!
Read, and use any of our "Women in the Field" Weekly newsletters! More will come, as we release them each week! All we ask is that you credit us when using these resources, as we work really hard to create each one!
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WEAR Organization is proud to partner with many organizations dedicated to women's history! Please check out some of their amazing women's history resources as well!
Unladylike2020 is an innovative multimedia series featuring diverse and
little-known American heroines from the early years of feminism and
contemporary women who follow in their footsteps.