Encourage K-12 schools in New York State and beyond to #teachaboutwomen and gender

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Petition New York State to set an example and teach about women in high school!


“I worshipped dead men for their strength, forgetting I was strong.” -Vita Sackville-West

Young women and girls need role models for leading lives of consequence, conviction and influence. It is time that New York State's schools provided them with those role models. Unfortunately, high school curricula, especially in history, almost completely ignore women's experiences, priorities, and their individual and collective contributions to change. The New York State curriculum, for example, only includes includes 10 references to women or gender in for the entire four years of history courses. In a time when women are fighting for equal pay, mutual respect and to have their voices heard, we must correct this long-standing inequity. Throughout history, women have led rich lives of activity, power, and influence. It is time that all young people learn about how both women and men have and do shape today's world. It is time we teach about women. 

Share your stories about powerful women who have inspired you or women who you think should be on the curriculum:

Twitter:  @teachaboutwomen 

Hashtag: #teachaboutwomen 

Facebook: Teach about Women

Website: www.teachaboutwomen.org

Progress: On January 24, we launched our online database of resources for teaching about women and gender. Everyone: Check it out! Teachers: Add to it!

The Problem: New York State's High School history curricula, like most around the nation, includes little to no information about women. History classes should not reproduce the past’s power structures but dismantle them by analyzing their underlying causes and the various effects they had, and still have, on people’s lives.

  1. ™ As of the 2017/2018 school year, there are a total of 10 references to women and gender in New York State’s High School Social Studies Curriculum.
  2. ™ In eight out of the 10 cases “women” appears on a list with other groups following phrases like “diverse groups” and “such as” or “including.”
  3. ™ As of 2017, 1% of the questions on the US History Regents Examination address women at all.
  4. ™Gender appears zero times in the 12 Grade courses on Participation in Government and Civics and Economics, the Enterprise System, and Finance.

The Solution: Teach about women by putting women on the curriculum and making resources for teaching about women and gender readily available.

  1. Re-write the NYS Social Studies Standards, grades 9-12 to include rich material that addresses women’s experience, the accomplishments of individual women and questions of gender throughout the year.
  2. Add a criterion under Social Studies Practices, grades 9-12 – Civic Practices that includes “developing awareness of gender equity and its complex history.”
  3. Add “Read for underlying gender, racial or other biases” to the NYS Common Core Standards for English Language Arts, grades 6-12 under “Key Ideas and Details.”
  4. Build an online database that is free, easily-accessible, and dedicated to materials and resources that address women and gender, the accomplishments of individual women, sexuality, intersectionality, and the complex history of gendered relationships. In developing this database, topics and subjects should be sure to invite and support the inclusion of diverse aspects of the human experience including but not limited to questions of race, ethnicity, socio-economic class, sexuality, age, and ability.

To learn more, contact Georgina Emerson at teachaboutwomen@gmail.com. 

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