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100+ Ideas to Promote Gender Equity
in Schools and Beyond

  1. Establish an award to recognize children who promote equity
  2. Do a play about gender equity in school
  3. Write an equity column or article in the paper
  4. Organize a walk, race, or athletic event for equity
  5. Generate a timeline on the women's movement
  6. Analyze books for bias
  7. Honor people who foster gender equity in their work and life spirit
  8. Visit a women's college
  9. Talk with parenting fathers
  10. Train staff to eliminate sexist language
  11. Have children interview non-traditional workers, role models
  12. Develop posters that promote equity
  13. Take youngsters to a women's athletic event
  14. Create a videotape on gender equity
  15. Reformulate or construct an equitable workplace
  16. Monitor a school or district for equity
  17. Create a non-sexist career festival
  18. Plan cross-age activities on gender equity
  19. Do a research project on gender bias
  20. Award a gender equity scholarship
  21. Quilt for gender equity
  22. Invite guest speakers on equity topics
  23. Organize a joint equity project with an organization
  24. Present an equity workshop at a conference
  25. Observe classrooms to detect bias in interactions
  26. Search websites for gender equity issues
  27. Create bias buster groups
  28. Develop and share a local gender resource list
  29. Manage an equity booth at a toy, computer, or grocery store
  30. Engage media personnel to acknowledge the day
  31. Lobby the state or city government to support equity
  32. Train media representatives on subtle bias
  33. Give Failing at Fairness by the Sadkers to someone as a gift
  34. Set up a mentoring or shadowing project
  35. Study how religion and gender intersect in life
  36. Try activity that is non-traditional for your gender
  37. Develop effective strategies to manage gender "put downs" and share your results
  38. Conduct a workshop for support personnel to minimize bias and discriminatory actions
  39. Develop and teach a lesson on gender equity
  40. Read non-sexist stories to children
  41. Create a program to "teach today's boys to be tomorrow's dads"
  42. Design a local calendar of famous equity events and leaders
  43. Sponsor a poster, essay, or music contest that promotes equity
  44. Analyze greeting cards for stereotypes
  45. Create a non-sexist bibliography of children’s books
  46. Create bookmarks that remind readers of equity
  47. Thank a significant mentor, model or learner
  48. Record your own biases from childhood and identify the ones you've overcome
  49. Plan a conference, workshop or meeting related to gender equity
  50. Create a coalition meeting of local equity advocates
  51. Publicly protest a company that supports a sexist policy
  52. Lobby a women's issue in a government arena
  53. Seek or provide funding to develop a gender fair curriculum unit
  54. Study the intersection of gender and other equity issues (race, class, etc.)
  55. Analyze TV, radio and newspapers for fairness
  56. Create a time capsule for equity in the 21st century
  57. Create a website or blog on gender equity
  58. Submit a grant proposal to balance programs for males and females
  59. Sponsor a diversity meeting or club at school
  60. Create a quote of the week board that presents famous and diverse voices
  61. Talk with a colleague from a different racial or ethnic background and examine gendered views
  62. Create a parents' booster club that promotes equitable school programs
  63. Compile a list, collage, poster or bulletin board of non-traditional heroes
  64. Examine class enrollments, by gender, in all upper school programs
  65. Acquire or donate funds to purchase equity materials
  66. Redesign the logo or mascot of your office or school to be more inclusive
  67. Write a public service announcement regarding equity and submit it to a radio station
  68. Check-out the gender enrollments in sports programs
  69. Focus on linguistic bias as you edit language in a brochure, newsletter or fictional story
  70. Have female business owners speak to students
  71. Have diverse parents talk about gender in their work and family
  72. Research gender disparities in drug and alcohol use at your school
  73. Design a board or computer game that highlights famous equity advocates
  74. Create a Hall of Fame of females and males in non-traditional leadership roles
  75. Have your Title IX Coordinator present to your group
  76. Do a site exam of your hallways to see if visuals affirm or undermine gender balance
  77. Write a report on a civil rights advocate of the opposite sex
  78. Volunteer to assist Girls Inc., Girl Scouts, and others with funding
  79. Talk with your children about gender
  80. Have youngsters read and discuss New Moon Magazine
  81. Model non-stereotypical play with children
  82. Schedule a meeting with a principal, president or CEO to talk about gender equity
  83. Learn about your sexual harassment policy
  84. Cook with a boy, play a sport with a girl
  85. Write a letter to an editor about illegal gender practices
  86. Blow the whistle on Title IX non-compliance
  87. Read a story with a female protagonist
  88. Analyze a teacher education video for bias
  89. Work with teen parents on child rearing skills
  90. Visit your Boys and Girls Club to learn about their gender inclusive programs
  91. Volunteer your group at a shelter and avoid stereotypical tasks
  92. Find out all you can about Title IX and make certain your school is complying
  93. Alert others to gender bashing music
  94. Use the internet to discuss gender politics
  95. Identify and honor males who break gender barriers
  96. List what non-traditional tasks you do
  97. Run for an elected office and promote equity
  98. Train others to respond to sexist jokes
  99. Promote a non-sexist book or film
  100. Develop "baseball cards" of famous women
  101. Design a short and long range plan for equity
  102. Kick-off a yearlong event that focuses on equity
  103. Research standardized test data by gender
  104. Visit the Dads and Daughters website
  105. Generate your own idea and send it to us!
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