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Curation Project - Gender Inequality

CommonLit | Stereotypes Might Make 'Female' Hurricanes Deadlier

CommonLit | Stereotypes Might Make 'Female' Hurricanes Deadlier

1. This article explains that different names of hurricanes can impact peoples decisions to evacuate their homes. People take hurricanes with male names more seriously than hurricanes with females names, no matter the severity. The article states that, "...those in the path of an oncoming “female” hurricane are less likely to evacuate or take other precautions, upping the storm’s death toll". The stereotypes that girls are not strong has a big impact on the decisions these people make when preparing themselves for the hurricane. They base their decision off the name, which could be life threatening is hey believe in these stereotypes. College students "a severe hurricane with a masculine name caused an average of about 15 deaths, compared with an average of around 42 deaths for a severe hurricane with a feminine name, the researchers estimate".
2. Although no body in this article is taking a stand for gender equality, it still explains the importance of gender equality because stereotype can be life threatening in this case. This relates to to Kill a Mockingbird because gender stereotypes exist in their world. Scout was caught up in the stereotype that boy shouldn't cook and that was a girls task. In the novel, “Aunt Alexandra was fanatical on the subject of my attire. I could not possibly be a lady if I wore breeches; when I said I could do nothing in a dress, she said I wasn’t supposed to do things that required pants” (Lee 108).

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Watch Aly Raisman confront Larry Nassar in court

Watch Aly Raisman confront Larry Nassar in court

1. Aly Raisman is a young gymnast. She was taken advantage of by a man because of her gender. Her medical doctor for her gymnastic team was abusing her and other women on the team. No girl stood up for themselves until now. Aly speaks and says that she was physically, mentally, and emotional hurt by this disgusting man. The situation she was in will haunt her and won't be forgotten for the rest of her life. She says women shouldn't be treated like this and that what happened to her needs to stop. (didn't do quotes because its a video)
2. Aly Raisman takes a stand for what was right and specks out against what happened to her. She wants a change and consequences for the man that hurt her and so many others. This took a lot of courage from her and helped encourage people to do the same. This relates to the novel To Kill a Mockingbird because Jem took advantage of Scout's gender to make her feel bad and act a certain way. He told her that she was acting like a girl and that if she kept it up he wouldn't want to play with her. Although Jem didn't go to the extreme extent of Larry Nassar, the premise is the same in both situations.

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CommonLit | Malala Yousafzai: A Normal Yet Powerful Girl

CommonLit | Malala Yousafzai: A Normal Yet Powerful Girl

1. Malala Yousafzai, a young Pakistani girl, fights for an education and equal rights for all girls. She attended a school while "the Taliban’s influence was gaining power and both Yousafzais were firmly on their radar". They were bombing schools and shot Malala in the head on the bus. After nearly dying, Malala spoke, '"I speak for education of every child, in every corner of the world,' Malala says. 'There has been a discrimination in our society,' which she believes must be defeated. 'We women are going to bring change. We are speaking up for girls’ rights, but we must not behave like men, like they have done in the past'".
2. Malala is standing up for what she believes in, which is equality in gender. Malala acted with bravery and took a stand for what was right. Although this didn't happen in To Kill a Mockingbird, the idea about gender discrimination is the same. Scout was unable to able to act a certain way without Jem questioning her or dress the way she wants without having Aunt Alexandra asking her to change clothing.

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CommonLit | Emma Watson’s United Nations: “HeForShe: Gender Equality is Your Issue, Too” S

CommonLit | Emma Watson’s United Nations: “HeForShe: Gender Equality is Your Issue, Too” S

1. Emma Watson is an actress who is fighting for gender equality. She wants an answer for why the world, still today, struggles with stereotypes. "No country in the world can yet say they have achieved gender equality". She speaks that gender shouldn't play a role in society and that "Both men and women should feel free to be sensitive. Both men and women should feel free to be strong".
2. Emma Watson took a stand to speak against gender inequality. Her speech she talks for all the women of the world having equal rights. In To Kill a Mockingbird, Scout was seen less superior by Jem due to her gender. Although she is the same and can do the same tasks and activities as Jem, he continues to use her gender against her. Emma Watson is speaking out to try and end actins like this. Also in the story Scout said, “‘Boys don’t cook.’ I giggled at the thought of Jem in an apron” (Lee 109). Girls and boys have the right to do the same things.

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