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Women & Diversity


Why We Have Too Few Women Leaders

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg looks at why a smaller percentage of women than men reach the top of their professions  and offers 3 powerful pieces of advice to women aiming for the C-suite.

Films on Demand: Women and Gender Studies Collection

This Films on Demand video collection contains a wealth of Women and Gender Studies documentary educational content from top documentary film makers and producers.

Anita Hill -Speaking Truth to Power

An entire country watched as a poised, beautiful African-American woman sat before a Senate committee of 14 white men and with a clear, unwavering voice recounted the repeated acts of sexual harassment she had endured while working with U.S. Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas. Anita Hills graphic testimony was a turning point for gender equality in the U.S. and ignited a political firestorm about sexual misconduct and power in the workplace that resonates still today. Against a backdrop of sex, politics, and race, "Anita: Speaking Truth to Power" reveals the story of a woman who has empowered millions to stand up for equality and justice. Please preview prior to using this video as it contains subject matter which may not be appropriate for all audiences.

TEDTalks: Leslie Morgan SteinerWhy domestic violence victims don't leave

Leslie Morgan Steiner was in crazy love  that is, madly in love with a man who routinely abused her and threatened her life. Steiner tells the dark story of her relationship, correcting misconceptions many people hold about victims of domestic violence, and explaining how we can all help break the silence.

Sex Trafficking in the USA

Join New York Times reporter Nicholas Kristof, Ashley Judd, Blake Lively and Malin Ackerman as they meet activists fighting sex trafficking in the U.S.

Divide of the Sexes: Gender Roles in Childhood

Why do boys underachieve? How does celebrity culture influence the self-esteem of young girls? In an atmosphere dominated by sex and consumerism, are children growing up too quickly? This program addresses those issues, reporting on a group of 25 eight-year-olds as they adjust to gender roles and expectations. Nathans parents have gone all out to make sure he grows up without stereotypesbut real life isnt that simple. Rhiannas mother is the breadwinner and child care provider in the family, while her father spends most of his time drinking. Meanwhile, tomboy Megan has taken an interest in the opposite sex, Helena has embraced her femininity, and Tyrese is displaying male aggression. A BBC/Open University Coproduction. Original broadcast title: Divide of the Sexes. Part of the series Child of Our Time 2008. (60 minutes)

A Girl's Life, with Rachel Simmons

Girls entering adulthood in the next decade will see more opportunities than today's women ever imagined. But will these girls stride confidently through newly opened doors, or are they destined to be stunted by societal messages that tell them females should be constantly agreeable, impossibly thin, and sexy above all else? Researcher and author Rachel Simmons examines the challenges facing young women as they surf the waves of 21st century adolescence in the 2010 Parents Choice Gold award-winning documentary, A Girls Life. Through a series of interviews with teenage girls, parents, psychologists, teachers, and social workers, the program explores cyberbullying, outright violence, gangs, the impact of sexual imagery in the media, and more. It is a wake-up call and a rare window into the day-to-day trials of todays teenage girls. Distributed by PBS Distribution. (60 minutes)

Articles for Consideration

Culture, Gender, and Math

This article examines how male and female students are treated differently by their teachers when taught math.

Double Day / Second Shift

This article describe what is often referred to as the "Double-Day" or the "Second Shift" for women. It refers to the fact that even though women have taken more and more responsibilities in the workplace, they still complete a bulk of the household chores and child-rearing duties.

Gender, Work, Family Responsibilities, and Sleep

The unequal division of household labor can take its toll on women. This article examines some of the consequences of this disparity upon women.

Casual Hookups to Formal Dates: Refining the Boundaries of the Sexual Double Standard

A double-standard exists between men and women regarding sex and dating. This article examines this double-standard.

Sexism in online video games: The role of conformity to masculine norms and social dominance orientation

Video games had once been thought of as existing within the masculine realm. As more and more women begin to game, this has caused tremendous pushback by some male gamers. Moreover, in the online and often anonymous world of modern gaming, harassment and sexism can be commonplace. This article examines these disturbing trends.

Gender inequality in science

This article talks about why gender inequality exists within many of the sciences such as physics.

Practical policies can combat gender inequality

This is an article about simple steps that can be taken to curb gender inequality on the job.


Women's Rights are Human Rights
by United Nations

9789211542066United Nations (Contribution by)Women's Rights Are Human RightsAttaining equality between women and men and eliminating all forms of discrimination against women are fundamental human rights and United Nations values. Women around the world nevertheless regularly suffer violations of their human rights throughout their life, and realizing women's human rights has not always been prioritized. Achieving equality between women and men requires a comprehensive understanding of the ways in which women experience discrimination and are denied equality so as to develop appropriate strategies to eliminate such discrimination. This publication provides an introduction to women's human rights, beginning with the main provisions in international human rights law and going on to explain particularly relevant concepts for fully understanding women's human rights. - Description from Syndetics
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Women in Politics: Gender, Power, and Development
by Tadros, Mariz

9781783600533Mariz Tadros (Editor)Women in PoliticsWomen the world over are being prevented from engaging in politics. Women's political leadership of any sort is a rarity and a career in politics rarer still. We have, however, begun to understand what it takes to create an enabling environment for women's political participation.In this exciting and pioneering collection, writers from Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East are brought together for the first time to talk explicitly about women's participation in the political scene across the global South. Answering such questions as how women can get political apprenticeship opportunities, how these opportunities translate into the pursuit of a political career, and how these pursuits then influence the kind of political platform women advocate once in power, Women in Politics is essential reading for anyone interested in what it means to engage politically. - Description from Syndetics
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