Schools & Gender Inequality

An illustration of a little boy playing with a toy car and a little girl playing with a doll.
Gender Stereotype

By Brianna Love

I had just started my junior year of high school. It was my first year in a public school, for I had been practically raised in a private Christian school. Due to the fact that I went to a private school, I had always worn school uniforms. Therefore, I didn’t know what was “acceptable clothing” to wear at public schools. I had worn a tank top, ripped jeans, and flip flops. It was nothing I would consider “sexy.” I didn’t think it was distracting. However, the campus security stopped me on my way to class. They took me to their office and said that the tank top was a violation of dress code and I had the option to: (1) call a parent and wait for them to bring me something else to wear, (2) spend the rest of the day in their office, or (3) have a parent take me home. That didn’t seem fair to me. My education was being inhibited because my shoulders were “too distracting” to the men in my classes.

Ever since then, the question haunts me…

Why is there a double standard between males and females when it comes to dress code?

This was a big issue for me because the reason behind the rule that they gave to me was that it “distracts the male students from their education.”

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Empowering Women Through Education

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by Jenna McDaniel

The United States is not the only country falling woefully short in presenting equal opportunities for all. Worldwide, we have increased the number of educated women, yet statistics still remain low in comparison to men. The UN General Assembly recently addressed this topic in their 69th session, and noted that the advantages of educating women extend far beyond what we might expect the impact to be. The article Educate women and their community will prosper. Deny them education and the world will suffer, by Julia Gillard and Cate Blanchett, elaborates on the deep-rooted, positive aspects of addressing this ongoing issue, including a woman’s impact on her family and her community, as well as the economy.  Continue reading “Empowering Women Through Education”