Gender stereotyping occurs when we ascribe differing attributes to people depending on their gender, and this can occur from the moment we are born: 'Subtle cues about “manly” and “ladylike” behaviours, from the moment of birth, mould our behaviours and abilities...' (BBC)
These stereotypes impede our abilities to flourish and to become our best selves.
'“Harmful” gender stereotyping has helped fuel the UK mental health crisis afflicting the younger generation, an influential report has warned, adding that it is at the root of problems with body image and eating disorders, record male suicide rates as well as violence against women and girls.' (The Guardian)
Gender Stereotyping Resources for You to Explore
Drawing the Future:Exploring the career aspirations of primary school children from around the world (educationandemployers.org, Nick Chambers, Elnaz T. Kashefpakdel, Jordan Rehill and Christian Percy, 2019)
The Authority Gap: Why women are still taken less seriously than men, and what we can do about it by Mary Ann Sieghart
Invisible Women by Caroline Criado Perez
10%Braver: Inspiring Women to Lead Education (Chapters 3 & 6) by Vivienne Porritt and Keziah Featherstone
Follow the hashtag #GenderedCheese on Twitter for hundreds of examples of how stereotypes affect the representation of girls and women.
Use The Gender Decoder to decode job adverts