Often a lack of understanding someone else’s experiences can breed prejudice and discrimination. This can come in the form of social injustices around race, ethnicity, or national origin; mental or physical ability; sexual orientation, gender, or gender identity/expression. WILL Education launched this Social Justice Learning space with the goal of sharing educational resources and materials that could help guide children, families, and educators when exploring these critical conversations.
Divided into sections for early childhood, adolescents, and adults, each learning level features videos, audio, and text to facilitate a variety of learning styles. As with any social justice conversation, we believe it’s critical to begin with our littlest ones and continue that work throughout adulthood so we can keep the conversations, the learning, and the societal shift going to ensure lifelong impact. However, we understand these conversations can be difficult, and often we don’t know where to begin. We highly encourage you to regularly visit this page to begin or continue your growth in these social justice areas.
Below you will find three learning levels—early childhood, adolescent, and adult—each featuring videos, audio, and text to facilitate a variety of learning styles.
Today's Lesson: The Experiences of Women in America
Sexism, by definition, is prejudice or discrimination against an individual on the basis of sex. Deeply rooted in the societal belief that one sex is intrinsically superior to another, sexism in the United States has historically been linked to the experiences of women and girls. You can see and feel its effects through gendered stereotypes, tropes, and/or pre-defined roles, as well as historically lower pay, a lack of access to equal education or adequate healthcare, and underrepresentation in our political system.
Throughout the summer, this learning space will explore what it means to be a woman in America, celebrating their influence, experiences, contributions, leadership, and accomplishments. From the everyday experiences of mothers, daughters, and friends, to the national impacts of notable women, we hope everyone can gain a better understanding of what being a woman in America means and how their lasting impacts are visible all around us.