Saturday, April 2, 2011



This Video Is Perfect For Gender Stereotypes In This Day and Age:

Even though I looked at many different websites, this was the first and probably impacted me the most. It's short and sweet but has interesting facts of how EMPOWERING WOMEN is so important.It is not my article about education but it's still important!

This article is called Empowering Women as Key Change Agents by the people working for the Hunger Project. 

This project helps women all over the world get empowered (mainly in third world countries or nations that are mainly driven by men) so that their communities can be improved.

"Women bear almost all responsibility for meeting basic needs of the family, yet are systematically denied the resources, information and freedom of action they need to fulfill this responsibility."

I am a wife. I enjoy taking care of my home even though in this day and age people think that it's being too "submissive" or having the husband walk all over you. I will admit I do bare the responsibility of cooking, mostly cleaning (he does help though which is good!) and I'm sure when kids come our way that too, but I'm not going to be a stay at home mother all my life. I'm going to school to become a teacher, I'm getting an education and a degree, I am being treated as an equal and actually, I am getting more of an education than the man I'm married to who decided to join the Army (which is wonderful because that's what's best for him!) When I read this, I was thinking about what if I wasn't getting an education? With education, I have the information and freedom to provide for my family. "Studies show that when women are supported and empowered, all of society benefits. Their families are healthier, more children go to school, agricultural productivity improves and incomes increase. In short, communities become more resilient."

We, as women, make a great impact in society! Not just men, not men alone, they do help, but if women are empowered, society is empowered. If a woman in the home is run down, unhappy, and unable to take care of their responsibilities, everyone suffers. Women are hard workers, I would know because I work very hard in school, at my job, and at home! I am an amazing multi-tasker and I'm sure that I'm not the only woman to do so! You can't have a community of just men, nor a community with just women, we need to coexist together in unity and equally. 

The third quote states: (statistics of what has been done to empower women)
  • By providing women food farmers easy access to credit, adequate training and instilling in them the importance of saving, THP's Microfinance Program enables women to engage in income-generating activities to increase their incomes and invest in their families and communities.
  • More than 920,000 people have taken the HIV/AIDS and Gender Inequality Workshop, in which they not only learn the facts of AIDS, but also confront and transform the gender-based behaviors that fuel the pandemic.
  • In India, our Women's Leadership Workshop has empowered 75,000 women elected to local councils to be effective change agents in their villages. They are forming district- and state-wide federations to ensure that their voices are heard at top levels of government.
  • In Bangladesh, we catalyzed the formation of a 300-organization alliance that organizes more than 800 events across the country each September in honor of National Girl Child Day, a day to focus on eradicating all forms of discrimination against girl children.
I really love the even happening in Bangladesh, National Girl Child Day. When I read this national day I thought about how they help them find a sport they like or doing things that boys do that girls supposedly "can't" do. It's also great that they are providing Gender Inequality classes to raise awareness to the woman about being mistreated unequally.

This is an awesome program helping women around the world learn that they are more than just keepers of the home. Men have many talents and use them in business, sports, and whatever they may do. Woman aren't just good at being in the kitchen, cleaning, and taking care of kids. Women have talent to utilize as WELL!

 I know that I was supposed to pick one article, but Gender Equality is happening on a GLOBAL scale. How can we improve what's happening in America? 

My Article about Gender in Education is Called "Gender Bias in Education"
by Amanda Chapman of D'Youville College

My three comments for this article are:

1) Upon entering school, girls perform equal to or better than boys on nearly every measure of achievement, but by the time they graduate high school or college, they have fallen behind. 

2) Teachers socialize girls towards a feminine ideal. Girls are praised for being neat, quiet, and calm, whereas boys are encouraged to think independently, be active and speak up. Girls are socialized in schools to recognize popularity as being important, and learn that educational performance and ability are not as important.

3) Gender bias in education is an insidious problem that causes very few people to stand up and take notice. The victims of this bias have been trained through years of schooling to be silent and passive, and are therefore unwilling to stand up and make noise about the unfair treatment they are receiving. "Over the course of years the uneven distribution of teacher time, energy, attention, and talent, with boys getting the lion's share, takes its toll on girls." 

In education, quote 1 states how girls are ahead of the game when they enter school, usually doing better than the boys but once they reach college, something happens. Girls may feel inadequate to boys and their abilities when they enter college. "It's a man's world" we're just working here. 
Quote 2 shows how girls are pushed into be feminine and girl, to be quiet and calm and not stand up to comment on their own ideas where as boys are to be more vocal and independent in their thinking. I find this so true only because I can remember that if i were to be loud or speak up that was very "different" and unacceptable as a girl but if the boy right next to me were, it was expected. 

The final quote just impacted me into thinking that there needs to be a change. The whole reason I put the first article is because action is taking place AROUND THE WORLD for gender equality, lets start here. Let's make a change in the US on gender equality. 

I'd like to talk in class about how we could make workshops for teachers as well as boys and girls alike. I'd like to talk about how this stereotype of girls needing to be in pink dresses and playing with dolls came about and why can't girls be treated the same as boys. Why is it that men are above women even if that woman may be more intelligent, kind, and all around a better person. Men are great people don't get me wrong, but women are overlooked for their greatness because they behave so well. 


  1. GREAT post! I totally agree with everything that you have said. Guys are great, but so are women! It's not fair how women are perceived in education. You picked great quotes to comment on. I enjoyed what you said about the second quote in your first article.

  2. great post emily!!

    i really enjoyed reading this and you brought up a lot of good points!! the pink song is very relatable to this topic and it is a shame that some girls/teens/women feel they have to act like that just to be pretty.

  3. Cool post...Your post threw me off when it changed font size, it kinda made me dizzy...Anyways I agree on everything you said.