Objective: To expand career choices without gender limitations.
Materials: Large sheets of construction paper, glue or paste,
crayons, markers, scissors, magazines or any materials which can
be cut and used for this project; biography
of Myra from the Myra Sadker Foundation website, if desired.
Part One: Have students share what jobs their parents/guardians
do. Accept all responses and make a list of their responses on chart
paper or the blackboard. Distribute magazines to pairs of students
and ask them to find and cut out pictures of the jobs/careers they
listed on the board. Have each pair of students glue or paste their
pictures on a large piece of butcher paper entitled "Our Families'
Part Two: Look at the butcher paper that the students made
the day before and have them offer comments about the variety of
jobs their families do. Make sure that either you or the students
point out that both men and women do many different kinds of jobs/careers.
After your discussion, give students a large piece of construction
paper and have them draw and color a self-portrait in the center.
Part Three: Distribute self-portraits and magazines. Tell
students that they are to cut out pictures of all the jobs they
might need and want to do when they are adults. Be sure to encourage
the ideas of parenting as jobs, requiring real work and effort and
all other reasonable possibilities. Have students paste all their
"work/career possibilities" around their self- portraits.
Put the finished pieces on a bulletin board entitled "Our Future
Work." Let students look at and enjoy their finished work.
Closure: Show the students a picture of Myra Sadker or you
may select another person or group committed to gender equality.
See our Reads and Links page for
suggestions. Tell them that you are celebrating her life even though
she is not alive anymore. (You can refer to the brief biography.)
Explain that she spent much of her life working to make sure that
children like them would have the same kind of educational experiences
and future career opportunities.