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Why We Need to “Degender” Children’s Toys (video)

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on March 19, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

  by Marsha Rakestraw “Toys are far more gendered today than at any point over the 20th century.” In her TEDx talk, “Beyond the Blue and Pink Toy Divide,” sociologist Dr. Elizabeth Sweet highlights the… More

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11 Children’s Picture Books That Shatter Gender Stereotypes

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | 1 Comment | Published on January 25, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw Just as we like to pretend that we live in a post-racial society, many of us want to avoid talking about sexism, stereotypes, and gender inequities. After all, women are CEOs and… More

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Explore Lack of Media Diversity With the Activity “Where Are the People Like Me?”

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on December 5, 2015 | Filed under Humane Connection

Mattel’s Moschino Barbie  is getting all sorts of attention — and not just because of the $150 price or the fact that the limited-edition dolls sold out within the first hour. The main focus is… More

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Gracefully Grayson

by Ami Polonski

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on November 29, 2015 | Filed under Books, Children's Books, Citizenship & Community, Education, High School, Language Arts, Media & Culture, Middle School, Psychology, Resources

Orphaned in preschool, Grayson Sender lives with her aunt, uncle, and cousin in Chicago. To the outside world, Grayson is a boy; but inside, Grayson knows she should be living as a girl. As 6th… More

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For Your Must-Read List: “George”

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on October 19, 2015 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Lauren Allison and Marsha Rakestraw In the book “George” (grades 4-6, 240 pgs), George was born a boy, but she knows she is a girl. And when no one is around, she calls herself… More

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George

by Alex Gino

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on October 12, 2015 | Filed under Books, Children's Books, Education, Elementary, Human Rights, Language Arts, Media & Culture, Middle School, Psychology, Resources, Social Studies/History

George was born a boy, but she knows she is a girl. And when no one is around, she calls herself Melissa and reads magazines about clothes and makeup. These magazines are hidden, as are… More

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Max Love Muñecas

by Zetta Elliott

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on August 24, 2015 | Filed under Books, Business & Social Entrepreneurship, Children's Books, Citizenship & Community, Elementary, Language Arts, Media & Culture, Middle School, Social Studies/History

In “Max loves Muñecas” (117 pgs) Max visits a doll boutique run by Señor Pepe. Max is fascinated by the dolls’ clothes and jewelry, but he is embarrassed; he thinks people will make fun of… More

Welcoming Schools

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on July 21, 2015 | Filed under Citizenship & Community, Education, Human Rights, Language Arts, Media & Culture, Media Literacy, Parenting, Resources, Social Studies/History, Websites

Welcoming Schools, which is a project of the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, offers lessons, resources, and other tools for educators and parents on topics related to family diversity, avoiding gender stereotyping and affirming gender, and… More

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Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress

by Christine Baldacchino

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on July 21, 2015 | Filed under Books, Children's Books, Citizenship & Community, Early Childhood, Education, Elementary, Language Arts, Media & Culture, Resources, Social Studies/History

Morris Micklewhite loves to imagine himself exploring outer space or visiting far off jungles with elephants and tigers. Morris also loves to wear the tangerine dress and heels in the dress-up area of his classroom…. More

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Who Says Women Can’t Be Doctors? The Story of Elizabeth Blackwell

by Tanya Lee Stone

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on November 11, 2014 | Filed under Books, Children's Books, Education, Elementary, Human Rights, Language Arts, Media & Culture, Resources, Science, Social Studies/History

Back in the time when girls “were only supposed to become wives and mothers. Or maybe teachers, or seamstresses,” Elizabeth Blackwell didn’t always want to be a doctor; but when she decided to become the… More