What do you think?
June 2, 2009 § 2 Comments
I recently got accepted into next year’s Gender Studies Round Table Leadership Program at my school. The group consists of 15 – 20 high school girls and five female teachers. It’s going to be an intensive three-day program focusing on leadership skills and gender issues relevant to us as a group. The three days aren’t strictly planned out, so today we had an hour-long meeting to discuss what issues were most important to to us.
Some of them were:
- Women in positions of leadership
- Sexuality (being a gay man vs. being a lesbian)
- Sexual empowerment and how it’s definition changes for genders
- The catty high school girl stereotype
- Women in positions of leadership throughout history (specifically women of color)
I also would be really interested in discussing the “hook-up culture” that adults are so terrified of, domestic abuse, and how and why people are afraid of calling themselves feminists.
But what about you? Can you think of any more topics or issues that you feel would be beneficial for a group of high school girls to explore?
Oh, and one last thing: the last question our teachers posed to us at the end of the meeting was, “If this were a leadership program strictly for boys and not girls, what would be different about it?”