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Transform.Ed Briefing #45
Inside the Briefing: Addressing gender inequalities, stereotypes, and biases in and through education
Every child deserves to reach their full potential, but gender inequalities in their lives and in the lives of those who care for them hinder this possibility. These inequalities impact equitable and fair access to quality opportunities. While education holds the promise of political, economic, and social transformation, it, unfortunately, remains susceptible to these disparities.
From our poll last week, our readers highlighted societal gender roles as the leading cause of gender disparities in education. Other factors like gender stereotypes and biases come into play as well. They influence the toys children play with, the subjects they pursue, their entire experience of education, and their future lives and careers.
Another way gender disparity comes into play in education is the lack of female academic role models. Women are more likely to leave science, technology, engineering, and mathematics compared to men, in part because they lack similar role models such as peers, teaching assistants, and instructors. This pattern persists into leadership roles within academia.
As we drive efforts to address the challenges stemming from gender imbalances in education, questions that come to the fore are: How can we actively foster an inclusive classroom environment that challenges traditional gender roles? How can we tailor their feedback and assessments to avoid reinforcing gender biases and expectations? What teaching practices can we employ to empower our students ensuring their decisions are informed and unaffected by societal inhibitions and stereotypes?
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