2. BE AN INTERRUPTER! Confront gender stereotyping at school and at home.
Teachers and books can reinforce gender norms and stereotypes in many ways, usually unconsciously. This ranges from books that show girls and women in only traditional jobs and roles – such as teachers, nurses, and household workers – to teachers who call on boys in class more often than girls. It can also mean discouraging girls from STEM study and boys from nursing or art and design. Encourage girls to join groups that focus on key skills, like Girls Who Code52 and Black Girls Code.53 If you hear that girls and boys are being dissuaded from career paths or classes based on these outdated gender norms, contact the teacher and the school and explain why this is an issue. Write an email, make a phone call, and encourage others to do the same.
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