Gender equality in Calder High School.

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Calder High School is a diverse school with many positive aspects however, following a recent occurance it has become clear that the school has elements of sexism.

On Thursday 8th of March 2018 it was International Women’s Day. The school did not acknowledge this nor did they encourage students to also celebrate women and their achievements. On Monday 12th March 2018 year 11 students were delivered and assembly about Art Williams, a man who delivered a speech called “Just Do It”. This would have been a perfect opportunity to celebrate historical women and modern women but instead we were educated in a man who said three words that are now used as a slogan for a sports brand. 

After speaking with many female students it was discovered that not one of them could recall a day or an assembly in which we discussed the achievements of women. There have been countless opportunities for the school to educate students about women and female achievements but they have chosen not to discuss this topic. 

The gender equality is not just present in assemblys, it is present constantly. On non-uniform days it is stated that girls can’t wear certain pieces of clothing that display their shoulders or mid-riff. It is not stated why this is so but it is clear that our shoulders and mid-riff are covered up to prevent the boys from being distracted. Furthermore, the girls are told they can’t wear skirts that are too short. Why must we force girls to change how they dress and alter their clothing to prevent the boys from reacting? Surely we should teach the boys to be more respectful towards women and stop sexualising them. 

To conclude I ask you to sign this petition to show your support toward gender equality in Calder High School. 

(This petition is not a reflection on Calder High as a school, it is simply what students feel they must do to show the school the support that their campaign from gender equality has) 

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