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Gender Equity in Education
by Martha C. Phelps-Borrowman

Schools in America have not achieved
gender equity in education.

The following pages contain hundreds of links to information for everyone who cares about the education of all of our children. This site was constructed to promote a heightened awareness of the need for gender equity in education for both girls and boys.
Gender Equity Links

When this idea was first presented to me, I admit that I was a little skeptical. I wasn't sure that I knew exactly what it meant.   I just kept thinking that I was not gender biased in any way.   I just couldn't possibly be gender biased, especially, not against girls.   I am the mother of a girl!   However, after finding out more about the issue and becoming more involved, I know that I have sent lots of subtle messages that were gender-biased.

There is a lack of gender equity in many areas of education around the world. It is affecting all of our children, both boys and girls. Being a middle school science teacher, my primary focus has become how gender bias affects girls in science, math, and technology. I, along with many others, believe that the lack of gender equity has created some barriers to girls and their continuing interest in science, math, and technology, both in school and in choosing careers. Their options are narrowed.   Research on the factors that seem to turn girls off to these subjects and careers is full of statistics.   But, to simplify, let's consider the following list of facts.


  • Girls tend to like science, math, and computers until adolescence when their interest begins to diminish.
  • Girls do not take higher science,math, and computer science classes as often as boys.
  • Girls do not go into science, math, and technology careers as often as boys.
  • Girls self-esteem decreases during adolescence more than that of boys.

After learning more about the issue, I now know that being aware of and doing something to achieve gender equity in our classrooms, is of great importance. And it's so easy to do something positive. For more information be sure to go on to the following pages which have lots and lots (and its growing every day) of links to a great variety of sites.
On the next several pages you will find a list of many sites that I have found which are related to issues of gender equity in education. From these sites you will find out:
  • What is gender equity in education?
  • How are students affected?
  • What does the research say?
  • What can educators and parents do to change the affects?
  • What are some programs that work in our schools?
  • What books are good to read for more about gender equity in education?
  • And lots of other information, too.
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