Creating Classrooms of Justice: Teaching Gender Studies in Schools

Saturday, October 26, 2013

University of Missouri, St. Louis



Gender Studies ClassWomen’s and gender studies are often the purview of college classrooms, leaving important discussions about gender and sexuality, race and class, politics and human rights left distressingly out of high school curricula and conversations. Many college women’s studies students, male and female alike, bemoan this absence, calling for a change in K–12 schools.

Nationally, a growing number of committed teachers are also noticing this absence and are creating exciting units and engaging courses with a feminist lens in a range of fields including literature and history, science and math, health and wellness. But many of these teachers, both in public and private schools, are working in isolated classrooms, unaware of their like-minded colleagues across the country, and indeed, around the world.

The AAUW inaugural gender studies symposium creates a national dialogue on bringing gender and women’s studies to the secondary school classroom. Featuring noted high school teacher, Ileana Jiménez, founder of Feminist Teacher, this convening gathers leading educators, academics, and activists who are creating innovative spaces for young people to engage in feminism and activism, equity, and social justice in today’s classrooms.

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