24 Feb, 2015

Young children must be protected from ingrained gender stereotypes

The Guardian | Laura Bates | 23 February 2015

Whether in school or in the toy shop, sexist assumptions about boys and girls, can have a long-lasting effect on children. Luckily, some kids are on top of it.

Scrolling through my Twitter timeline this week, one particular tweet, with an image attached, immediately jumped out at me. A parent had shared a snapshot of her six-year-old child’s homework – a worksheet asking pupils to research a scientist or inventor. So far, so normal. But the question, in jaunty Comic Sans, read: “Who was he? Who was the person you have chosen to look at? How old were they when they began inventing? Did they have a wife and family?”