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News Lessons on feminism – news and teaching resources round up
From furore over a student society to anger about women on banknotes, feminism has topped the news agenda for weeks. Explore gender equality in class with these resources
Campaigners railed against the Bank of England as the replacement would mean the Queen was the only female face on our currency. An online petition was signed by 35,000 people and pressure was increased with the threat of legal action when the campaign raised more than £13,000 in donations. At the end of July the Bank of England announced that Jane Austen would appear on the new £10 note.
To help you explore feminist debate and gender issues, we have collated stories from the Guardian, infographics on inequality and lesson ideas from the web. You'll find a photo campaign on why feminism belongs in schools, a street art project against harassment and a performer who's created a heroine to fight female stereotypes.
From the Guardian
The global gender gap
Education and healthcare are improving for women across the world, but men continue to do better when it comes to jobs and wages, according to data from the World Economic Forum. The piece discusses the reasons why and includes infographics that allow you to explore the report further.
What happened when I started a feminist society at school
When Jinan Younis set up a feminist society at school she was met with a tirade of abuse. In this blog post the 17-year-old explains why she is a feminist and her concerns on how boys view the opposite sex.
Street art against harassment
Brooklyn artist Tatyana Fazlaizadeh talks in the video about why she is fed up of being harassed on the street and how she hopes her public art campaign will help.
Credible Likeable Superstar Role Model
In this interview Bryony Kimming explains why she created a charter to challenge gender stereotypes with her 10-year-old niece. The performer talks about the theatre show, which is currently on at the Edinburgh fringe, as well as the commodification of childhood and the pop industry's objectification of women and girls.
Inequality in pay
See the gap between male and female pay for different jobs. A graphic sets out the inequalities clearly and there's a table showing the full data from the Office for National Statistics.
Which jobs do women and men do?
An infographic shows the disparities between the number of men and women doing different types of work. Only a brief selection of jobs are shown, but it gives you access to the full set of data.
On the Guardian Teacher Network
Introduction to Jane Austen and her writing
The writer will soon be appearing on our £10 banknotes. The lesson looks at her background and how the structures of pre 20th century society influenced her writing. The literary techniques she uses in Emma are also analysed.
The big picture on sex and gender
From genes to gender stereotyping, this comprehensive guide from the Wellcome Trust explores the science behind the sexes and how this plays out in our society. It delves into the nature vs nurture debate, looking at whether peoples perceptions of gender are determined by biology or cultural expectations.
Caryl Churchill: How the playwright challenged female stereotypes
In the 1980s Caryl Churchill's play Top Girls encouraged people to rethink their traditional ideas about women. This lesson looks at how the playwright challenged social issues and asks students to consider its message in the context of today.
The impact of contraception
A film in which two women in Bangladesh talk about how access to contraception has affected their lives is included in this resource. Students are then encouraged to think about the importance of contraception for the health and well-being of women and their families through a range of activities.
Stereotypes and page 3
A brief look at how society perceives boys and girls while they're growing up and how this can affect their brain. The information sheet looks at arguments against Page 3 and has references allowing students to explore the debates further.
Best of the web
Who needs feminism?
Women at Duke University have to challenge popular misconceptions about feminism. As part of the movement, people from around the world have taken photos of a message explaining why feminism is important to them. You can see images of what they say on the site. There is a similar campaign on why feminism belongs in schools.
Raising gender issues in specific subjects
Ideas and resources to help you explore gender issues while teaching subjects across the curriculum from the Gender and Education Association.
A global look at gender equality
Lesson plans, videos and stories looking at the importance of gender equality are provided by Unicef.
Delve into the national archives and learn about how women won the vote. The lesson idea comes with a worksheet that gets students to answer questions using the primary sources provided.