Back in the late eighties I was one of two girls out of thirty pupils in my 5th form Physics class. While girls were happy to take up the Biology and Modern Language options, in my Physics class I languished- ignored by the boys that did not care to pair up for experiments with lens [...]
Olive Schreiner (1855-1920) is one of the world’s great feminist writers and social theorists, with her novels including The Story of an African Farm and her political treatises including Woman and Labour among many other writings. She also wrote c4800+ exceptionally important letters between 1871 and 1920, a period of momentous changes in the world [...]
I am delighted to report that, since starting the Project in May, the issue of Women and Gender Studies in schools seems to have taken root and got people talking. It wasn’t limited to the excellent feminist critic Bidisha mentioning us positively in The Guardian, either. You can find out more from my latest [...]
The Astell Project is a UK-based campaign and an international community of educators and activists initiated in 2011. Inspired by England’s first feminist, Mary Astell, who made the case for the advancement of women through education in the 1690s, and by grassroots feminist and gender education activists around the globe, The Astell Project, founded recently, [...]
A number of new initiatives have recently been launched by the government’s equality group. These campaigns have also resulted in the development of a number of new resources that can be used in schools to generate discussion surrounding issues of gender and education. The two campaigns that have been publicised most widely in the Equality [...]
In the first initiative of its kind in Australia, the Victorian Government has provided $80,000 to the Safe Schools Coalition Victoria (SSCV), a partnership between Rainbow Network Victoria and the Foundation for Young Australians (FYA).
SSCV will establish a network of schools dedicated to creating safer educational environments, free of homophobia and supportive of same-sex attracted [...]
After 155 years The YWCA in England & Wales has recently re-launched itself as Platform 51. The 51 is intended to indicate that women and girls make up 51% of the UK population.
Platform 51 has a number of downloadable resources that may be of interest to GEA members including downloadable info sheets on a range [...]
At the Gender and Education Association we are looking for people to develop the resources pages of our website.
The work involved will be up to 25 hours per person and needs to be carried out between 1st February and 8th April 2011. Remuneration will be at the rate of £10 per hour.
The resources sections cover [...]
This month has seen the release of the hotly debated film Made in Dagenham. This is a film which recalls the events surrounding the 1968 strike by the women sewing machinists at the Ford plant in Dagenham, London. The film was produced by Stephen Wooley and Elizabeth Karlsen in conjunction with BBC films and was [...]
While undergraduate courses on women’s and gender studies are in decline in some parts of the world including England, there are still many opportunities, in the social sciences at least, for young women and men to become introduced to feminism in their university education. However, most young people go through their whole compulsory schooling without [...]