Featured Resource: What’s Next For the Women’s Movement (The Guardian)
Advocates and allies have made tremendous strides towards gender equality in the past century. Here’s what these influencers say is coming next. 


Do Now

What issue do you see as an obstacle to gender equality? Who are the advocates and allies addressing this issue today? #DoNowEquality

How to Do Now

Do Now by posting a video response in this week’s Flipgrid.


You can also post your response on Twitter or in the comment section below. Be sure to include #DoNowEquality in your tweet.

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#ShePersisted

We may take it for granted now that a woman can be the secretary of state, the head of General Motors, or even in the running for President of the United States, but it wasn’t long ago when a woman in those kinds of roles in society was unwelcome.

Young women today owe these freedoms to the courageous women who broke barriers before them. Every March is Women’s History Month, in which we celebrate and honor the women who have made a difference in the lives of women in our society.

Over the past century, women in the United States and around the world have made great strides in the fight to gain economic, social and political equality. However, despite the enormous progress women have made, much work remains before we can declare equality between the sexes:

In the workplace, wage disparity between men and women remains an issue, and women still face harassment and discrimination on the job.

Recently proposed legislation threatens access to women’s services such as reproductive healthcare and other preventative services.

Women also make up only 20 percent of the U.S. Senate and 18 percent of the House of Representatives, and only 5 percent of Fortune 500 companies have female CEOs.

“A world where women make up less than 20 percent of the global decision-makers is a world that is missing a huge opportunity for growth and ignoring an untapped reservoir of potential,” Klaus Schwab of the Geneva-based World Economic Forum told the New York Times in 2011.

So in this big, diverse struggle for equality with various issues to tackle, what gender equality issue stands out most to you?


More Resources

INTERACTIVE: Women’s Footprint In History (UN Women)
Follow centuries of contributions made by remarkable women from around the world.

VIDEO: “He Named Me Malala” Trailer 
Learn more about Malala Yousafzai, an advocate for children’s education and women’s rights. At 14, she was the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize for her work in her native Pakistan.

ARTICLE: Amazon’s ‘Good Girls Revolt’: Why A 1960’s Feminist  Show Is Amazingly Timely (Fortune)
Addressing workplace discrimination in the “Mad Men” era, this fictionalized show follows three female journalists navigating the predominately male industry. Unfortunately, the show was cancelled after one season.

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Chanelle Ignant

Chanelle is the Youth Participation Coordinator for KQED Education. She has worked with various Bay Area youth media organizations and is an independent media maker.

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