Women and the Media


Women and girls are often depicted differently than men and boys in media and pop culture. The following lessons provide students the opportunity to explore ways in which stereotypes about females are depicted in greater society, and those ideas shape our collective thoughts about what it means to be female.

This first lesson, for grades 6-12, provides a two-part opportunity for students to critically examine certain media forms and their portrayals of women and girls. Students will consider how media shapes public perception and can perpetuate bias.

The second lesson, for grades 6-12, provides an opportunity for students to learn more about the 2016 Olympics and assess the extent to which there is sexism and stereotypes in the coverage of the 2016 Olympics.

The third lesson, adaptable for all ages, provides an opportunity for students to analyze the victory speeches that Joe Biden and Kamala Harris gave as president-elect and vice president-elect on Nov. 7, 2020, reflect on the issues that are important to them, and research one issue that students think should be a priority in the Biden-Harris Administration.



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