‘Miss? Is it true you’re a feminist?’

Summer Turner

Sexism and education is something I have thought about a lot over the years, yet I have avoided speaking or writing publicly about it in length before now.¹ It was a moment last term which was the tipping point to persuade me that this had to change. We were taking part in the BBC Schools Report project and whilst some pupils were racing around London as roving reporters, another team of pupils were with me in the news base at school writing and editing articles. One pupil decided to write an article about sexism and was looking for some statistics about the gender gap. I leant her my copy of Sheryl Sandberg’s book ‘Lean In’ and we began a conversation about feminism. It came as a bit of a shock to me that the group of pupils (all female) commented that whilst they were against sexism they wouldn’t identify as…

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