Promote gender equality in the classroom!

Promote gender equality in the classroom!

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Bennett Faloni started this petition to Miami University Students and Staff

In 2020, gender stereotypes still persist in the classroom. We see this trend begin in elementary school classrooms and continue on through college.

In the book Still Failing at Fairness: How Gender Bias Cheats Girls and Boys in School and What We Can Do About It, researchers compile thousands of hours of observation data and find an unequal amount of attention, time, and energy devoted to male students over female students. In a recent study, “Gender Stereotypes in the Classroom and Effects on Achievement”, researchers find that girls who are taught by teachers with traditional gender views have lower performance on math and verbal assessments, with no effects for boys. 

Stereotypes often lead to stereotype threat which can negatively impact a student's performance in the classroom.  Promoting equality and avoiding stereotypes positively impacts individuals' lives and improves the inclusive environment. 

Below is a testimonial from a Miami student who experienced gender stereotyping:

“In an executive decision making and strategy class, which is a capstone for Supply Chain Majors, we recently had a discussion board surrounding the rising number of women on Boards of Directors worldwide. When posting his thoughts about the subject, a student wrote that women are “unwilling to take the initiative to challenge [themselves/others/ideas/etc],” and that their “self-motivation ability is not strong” based upon their gender. Another wrote "Women can learn from men's decisiveness, and men need to learn from women to think with emotion.” Generalizations about the ways women handle situations, through emotion and lack of decisiveness, are ever-prevalent in male dominated fields of study, despite the rising number of women in power.” --- Riley, Major: Supply Chain & Operations Management Major (Business)

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