Re: FW: Examples of Sexism

Marylin A. Hulme (
Thu, 11 Dec 1997 10:48:12 -0500

>actually schools were using that workbook (i still have a copy of it) in
1975 when my daughter went to kindergarten and drew lines from both parents
to all the tools on both pages. she came home to tell me she had failed. i
used this anecdote as an introduction to my chapter on instructinal
materials in "sex equity in education:readings and strategies" edited by
anne carelli (thomas, 1988). both the teacher and the principal agreed with
my protestations and assured me things would change. little did they know
that exactly one year later, my second daughter came smirking home and
informed us how correct she had been in this exercise. the net result was
that a group of us in the community got together, insisting that the board
appoint an affirmative action officer (as required by nj statutes) and we
also became very active in the countywide education task force, educating
school boards and administrators and anyone else who would listen at that
time on sexism in education.

marylin a. hulme

At 03:30 PM 12/9/97 EST, you wrote:
>In 1978, first grade teachers in my district were still using a workbook that
>had a page on the work men do and a page on the work women do. If the child
>drew a line from the picture of the man to the stove or from the picture of
>the woman to the lawnmower, the paper was marked incorrect. (The fact that
>there was hardly a single lawn in the industrial district where I worked was
>another equity issue.)
>Kay Gilliland

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