Under A Tree

Concepts:

Access & Opportunity

Topics:

That Time of the Month

Required Readings

Introduction

Tightrope walk across World Trade Center (1974)

Philippe Petit takes a daring stroll.

Information & Group Discussion

a.  Social/Economic Disadvantages - Women are less likely to be promoted, women are more likely to victims or completed or attempted rape and sexual assault, etc.

Glass ceiling board game video (depicts both social economic disadvantages that women face).


Information & Group Discussion

b.  Women are underrepresented/misrepresented in politics, media, STEM fields, and film. (stats used for talking points)

➔ Politics - In 2018, 106 (79D, 27R) women hold seats in the United States Congress, comprising 19.8% of the 535 members; 22 women (22%) serve in the United State Senate, and 84 women (19.3%) serve in the United States House of Representatives.

➔ Media - Women made up only 24 percent of protagonists in last year’s top-grossing films

  1. Latina female characters in all movies went from three percent to seven

  2. Black female characters went from 14 percent to 16 percent

  3. Asian female characters went from six percent to seven percent.

➔ STEM fields - Women make up half of the total U.S. college-educated workforce, but only 29% of the science and engineering workforce.

Information & Group Discussion

c.  Read and discuss “If Men Could Menstruate” by Gloria Steinem

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Conclusion

Emma Watson, British actor and UN Women Goodwill Ambassador, co-hosts a special event for UN Women’s HeForShe campaign. 

The HeForShe campaign is a solidarity movement for gender equality which calls upon men and boys to help end the persisting inequalities faced by women and girls globally.


“Culture does not make people. People make culture. So if it is in fact true that the full humanity of women is not our culture, then we can and must make it our culture.” ~ Chimamanda NgoziAdichie


"I myself have never been able to find out what feminism is; I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat or a prostitute." ~Rebecca West

Session & Follow-up Resources

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