Gender Stereotyping and Identity
Young children receive many powerful messages about gender roles and gender identity. These gender roles pressure students to conform to behaviors that may limit their full developmental potential.
Children who do not adopt the traditional gender roles are often targeted for harassment and bullying. Gender based name-calling is among most common in elementary school.
Check out Welcoming Schools’ Resources on Gender
- Gender & Children: A Place to Begin —Simple steps that educators can take to develop a classroom and school that allows children to be who they are.
- Be Prepared for Questions and Put-Downs on Gender
- Affirming Gender in Elementary School: Social Transitioning
- Key Elements for a Training on Developing a Gender Inclusive Elementary School
A Few Definitions for Educators and Parents/Guardians to Help Understand Gender
and Sexual Orientation
Books for Students and Adults
- Recommendations: Looking at Gender Through Books
- Looking at Gender Identity with Books for Students
- Gender Expansive Children: Books to Help Adults Understand
- Be Who You Are: I Am Me Poems Using Looking Like Me (Grades 1-5) [PDF]
- Using Children's Books to Look at Gender Stereotyping (Grades 1-3) [PDF]
- Media Sleuths: Examining Gender Roles in Advertising (Grades 4-5) [PDF]
- Biographies: Determined Girls, Successful Women — Boys and Men Determined to Live Their Dreams [PDF]
For ideas and trainings to develop a school that feels safe for all children so that they can thrive in your school.