Amazon recently changed the way
they organize their toy section. You can no
longer filter toys by gender. But they still have separate landing
pages for boys' and girls' toys, with some of the same sub-categories:
for boys, "Pretend Play" features the outfit of a fire fighter; for
girls, princess outfits. Ouch.
Gender stereotypes like these run deep. Whether your attention is
turned to toys or STEM education (and STEM jobs), it's going to take
more than removing a label to knock those stereotypes down.
One way to address this opens some programs only to people in an
underserved demographic. "Girl Develop
It" teaches technology and web development classes to women. Their
HTML/CSS and coding classes aren't specialized for this audience. But
they do create an environment where women can be part of the STEM
community in whatever way they choose.
Ready to put on a STEM program at your library and want a second set
of hands? Invite Nathan out to help. Whether you're planning a program
that uses SWON's Tech
to Lend equipment or something entirely different, Nathan is glad
to join your team. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org with