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Binders of Women and the Blinders of Men

Feminism and the Politics of Education

Authored by: Catherine Marshall , Lois Andre-Bechely , Brooke Midkiff

Handbook of Education Politics and Policy

Print publication date:  November  2014
Online publication date:  November  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415660426
eBook ISBN: 9780203074107
Adobe ISBN: 9781135106775


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Feminism and education politics highlight hot-button controversies like single-sex schooling; school violence; bullying and sexual harassment; and simmering issues of women in superintendencies; women educators’ health plans including birth control; and universities violating Title IX. But these are the surface of deeper questions of equity, representation, and curricular priorities. Societal and economic shifts leave schools to teach and embrace the whole child, with frayed safety nets allowing many children to slip through the cracks. Mothers, still the primary caregivers in this country, and women, still the primary educators, are feeling less supported, and even attacked, by the governments that they were taught to trust.

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