How Can Women Continue the Fight for Gender Equality?
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How can women continue to make progress in the fight for gender equality? What issues do you see as obstacles to gender equality? What woman in history do you admire the most? Why? Tweet an image of woman you most admire.
We may take it for granted now that a woman can be the secretary of state, the head of General Motors, or even president of the United States, but it wasn’t so long ago when it was almost inconceivable for a woman to achieve any of these accomplishments.
Young women today can owe these freedoms to the courageous women who broke boundaries before them. Every March is Women’s History Month, in which we celebrate and honor the women who have made a difference in the lives of women in our society. Over the years, the National Women’s History Project has recognized women who are considered leaders in their chosen field.
Over the past century, women in the United States and around the world have made great strides in the fight to gain economic, social and political equality. Since 1950, the percentage of women participating in the labor force has nearly doubled, from about 34 percent of women holding jobs outside the home then, to about 60 percent now. Greater economic opportunities for women have meant that they have more options and choices in life than they had before.
However, despite the enormous progress women have made, much work remains before we can declare equality between the sexes. Women, on average, still make less that men in the workplace: about $.77 to every dollar a man makes, mainly because women take lower paying jobs or work fewer hours so they can be at home. Women also make up only 20 percent of the U.S. Senate and 18 percent of the House of Representatives, and only 4.6 percent of Fortune 500 companies have female CEOs.
“A world where women make up less than 20 percent of the global decision-makers is a world that is missing a huge opportunity for growth and ignoring an untapped reservoir of potential,” Klaus Schwab of the Geneva-based World Economic Forum told the New York Times in 2011.
With women’s progress stalling, how can women and their allies keep up the momentum in the fight for gender equality?
PBS MAKERS video MAKERS: Women Who Make America Trailer
Makers: Women Who Make America will tell the remarkable story of the Women’s Movement for the first time. Built on an extraordinary archive of interviews already completed for the website Makers.com, the film will feature the stories of those who led the fight, those who opposed it, and those – both the famous and unknown – caught up in its wake. WARNING: This trailer contains mature content and should be screened by the teacher before showing to students. If you choose to use this trailer you may want to turn down the volume from seconds 00:20-00:33 and then again from seconds 00:50-00:53.
To respond to the Do Now, you can comment below or tweet your response. Be sure to begin your tweet with @KQEDedspace and end it with #DoNowWomen
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We encourage students to reply to other people’s tweets to foster more of a conversation. Also, if students tweet their personal opinions, ask them to support their ideas with links to interesting/credible articles online (adding a nice research component) or retweet other people’s ideas that they agree/disagree/find amusing. We also value student-produced media linked to their tweets like memes or more extensive blog posts to represent their ideas. Of course, do as you can… and any contribution is most welcomed.
PBS NewsHour Tumblr Women Who Inspire
Who inspires you? In honor of Women’s History Month, we want to know about the woman in history you look up to most and why. Send a photo of yourself, a close-up photo of your hands holding a picture (or drawing) and a short blurb about why you chose that woman to newshourextra [at] gmail.com and we may post it here!
PBS MAKERS video series MAKERS: Women Who Make America
MAKERS: Women Who Make America tells the remarkable story of the most sweeping social revolution in American history, as women have asserted their rights to a full and fair share of political power, economic opportunity, and personal autonomy. This site has educational resources to use in the classroom.
New York Times interactive Women’s Progress Stalls
In the decades after World War II, the proportion of women working in the United States escalated rapidly. But since peaking in April 2000 at 74.9%, the rate for women began to decline.
PBS NewsHour Extra article Many Firsts for Women At 2012 Olympics
The 2012 London Olympics mark the first time that every competing country will have at least one woman on their team. This comes after years of encouraging female athletes and altering rules that kept out women in religions and cultures with modest dress codes.
PBS MAKERS video 1950 Housewives
Most middle class women of the 1950s became homemakers. Many women felt dissatisfied.