In simple terms, feminism is the advocacy for equal rights and opportunities for all genders. Women have been viewed by many as the “weaker” sex for hundreds of years, but over the past few decades, particularly the past five years, women have been fighting again for their voices to be heard. From the fight for women’s suffrage to women’s marches to the #MeToo Movement, progress has been made regarding treating all genders equally, but there is still a long way to go, as women are continuously paid less than their equal male counterparts and often ignored or silenced in cases of sexual assault and/or domestic violence. By teaching students about feminism, educators are not only promoting equal rights for all genders but are also debunking the idea that “feminism” is a bad word, or even controversial.
There are many valuable resources available online for teaching students about feminism and gender equality. Feminism is often given a negative connotation, but feminists are simply fighting for equality between men and women, which is long overdue. These resources compiled by Educators 4 Social Change will help you in your journey of teaching students about feminism, women’s rights, and equality.