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Physics Education: It’s Different for Girls?

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 and pendulums with these odd girls that had bizarrely chosen this apparently most ‘male’ of subjects. Sadly, my experience in the Physics lab mirrored that of the sports playing field. Last to be picked, my teenage love of hockey and Physics soon waned.  It seems little has unfortunately changed in the intervening decades. Read the full story

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Launch of major new resource: Olive Schreiner Letters Online

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 which her letters are concerned with, and which also brought changes regarding letter-writing and literary practices too. Schreiner’s letters – all of them, in full, detailed and easy to read transcriptions – are now available electronically world-wide. Read the full story

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The Astell Project: An Update from Triona Kennedy

Dear Friends,

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 blog on the Huffington Post. It’s helpful to have a friendly corner of the media from which to discuss gender and schooling in a critical, independent way. Read the full story

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The Astell Project: campaigning for Women and Gender Studies to be introduced to the National Curriculum by 2015

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, argues that the (UK) Equality Duty requires us to provide young people with the opportunity, support and resources to analyze and to influence gender issues that determine their life choices.

To that end, it calls for an equality audit and aims to see that Women & Gender Studies are introduced into the National Curriculum by 2015. These aims are to be achieved by acting as a resource bank and agitating for gender education so that legal and governmental commitments to equality, diversity and the provision of a safe environment are met.

Given that GEA shares some of the aims of the Astell Project, we have agreed to publicise its activities and will be providing updates here on our own website.



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Gender in Education: Launch of New Resources for Use in Schools

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 Group’s newsletter relate to teenage relationship abuse and body image. Read the full story

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LGBTQ Resources and Schooling

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). Read the full story

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YWCA (England & Wales) becomes Platform 51

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. Read the full story

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Wanted: people to produce content for the GEA website

At the Gender and Education Association we are looking for people to develop the resources pages of our website. Read the full story

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Made in Dagenham: Made for Feminist Discussion in Schools?

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 directed by Nigel Cole (also known for his direction of the popular film ‘Calendar Girls’). At a recent London Feminist Network screening of the film, the film’s producers Wooley and Karlsen claim that the original idea for the film was first developed over four years ago. However, they explain that the film was unsuccessful in gaining funding at this time because there appeared to be very little interest in feminism or on issues relating to equal pay. Read the full story

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Why we should teach feminism in schools

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 any exposure to feminist ideas, or even any opportunity to be exposed to them. Read the full story

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