End Gender Stereotypes on Microsoft Word

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We the undersigned believe that Microsoft Word should change its separate boy and girl paper doll sets, which as of now are highly stereotypical of gender norms. The implied message that girls can and/or should only like to dress as princesses, apple-carrying maidens, and in other mainly pink costumes is a sexist stereotype that must be ended. Alternately, boys are taught by these Microsoft templates to aspire to be princes, sports players, and wear other mainly blue items. We believe that both girls and boys can be whatever they want to be, and wear the clothes they want to wear. To a small child, opinions seen in learning tools such as Microsoft Word are often interpreted as "right." Anything that goes against those opinions is "wrong." Untapped potential lies hidden in the little girls who want to play baseball and wear blue and the little boys longing to ice skate and wear pink.

Microsoft can open up a new horizon of opportunity by merging the boy template and the girl template into one "Child Paper Dolls" template.

How to Get to Microsoft Word Paper Doll Templates:

  • Open Microsoft Word and click on the "Search All Templates" bar.
  • Search "fun."
  • Scroll through the list of results and find "Paper dolls (boy, set 2)" and "Paper dolls (girl, set 2).

*The sets written here are examples; feel free to look at set 1, 2, or 3.


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