‘Helpful girls’ and ‘strong boys’: gender stereotyping in schools

Caren wrote a blog for the RSA arguing for a whole school approach to challenging gender stereotypes

‘Stereotyping continues to feed the gender unequal outcomes still seen across society. In order to stop it in its tracks, our education system needs both to banish stereotyping from the school environment and to equip the next generation to call it out wherever it appears.’

Conduit Insights blog

Caren wrote a blog for Conduit Insights at The Conduit, telling her story of why she co-founded Lifting Limits, the success of the pilot year and what our next steps are as we continue to grow.

She writes

When I left a legal career ten years ago to pursue my passion for gender equality, I could not have foreseen how rewarding it would be to work with primary schools to open up the possibilities young children can see for themselves and others, regardless of their sex or gender. 

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Top tips to tackle gender stereotypes in education

Caren and Olivia contributed to a video at the Gender Action launch event on how to challenge gender stereotypes in nurseries, schools and colleges.

Olivia asks teachers to think about the language they are using in the classroom, and Caren suggests that, even if challenging stereotypes can seem like too big a task to take on, you just need to start somewhere…

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Gendered language in schools

Caren wrote a post for Gender Action: Gendered Language in Schools

She asks:

So does hearing a bit of gendered language in school really matter and do staff have a responsibility to address it?  Yes, because if we let gendered language lie we approve or endorse its message – what is left unchallenged becomes for children just the way the world is. 

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Lifting Limits for GLARE

Caren wrote a blog post for the University of Birmingham’s GLARE project.

‘Pink is a girls’ colour and blue is a boys’ colour’, my daughter told me on the way home from nursery one day around the age of 4. I was not only taken aback by what she said but also horrified at the way she asserted this statement as a matter of irrefutable fact.

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