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The Curriculum Development Team at DREAM EQUAL builds
elementary, middle, and high school curriculum from the ground up to support our international chapters as they teach members of their community to combat gender stereotypes.
DREAM EQUAL Curriculum Packets go through a meticulous process of ideation, research, drafting, and review, including from education and gender studies professionals, and each includes at least 20 hours of icebreakers and activities for students.
DREAM EQUAL Elementary School Curriculum teaches kids to be confident in themselves, and Middle School Curriculum adds deeper discussion of gender stereotypes and how they manifest in society. Materials for older age groups focus on unlearning biases and creating more room for self-expression in schools, communities, and more. Our curriculum is centered around the themes of respect, kindness and empathy, empowerment, leadership and equality. We are striving to combat gender stereotypes and inspire children to become confident individuals who are proud of who they are
You can view a excerpt of the DREAM EQUAL Middle School Curriculum here!
A DREAM CHAMPION is an individual that embodies DREAM EQUAL’s pillars -- empowerment, advocacy and education -- and works to break gender stereotypes in their daily lives.
View this month's DREAM CHAMPIONS below!
Actor and revolutionary activist Billy Porter is recognized for confronting gender stereotypes in fashion and the media. He has recently taken on the mission of spreading awareness about HIV and is leading the conversation about the stigma.
Aeronautical engineer Sirisha Bandla will be the second Indian-American woman to go to space. She is pioneering a new generation of WOC in space-related careers. Sirisha is encouraging all youth, regardless of race or gender, to be the future of the space industry.
Intersectionality is critical to DREAM EQUAL's mission of empowering all people regardless of gender.
Explore how gender stereotypes intersect with various issues below.
Prison Industrial Complex
From online shopping, to social media influencers, to models in magazines, unrealistic beauty standards are overly prominent in the fashion industry. Women and young girls look up to these figures for inspiration and are deterred from being their natural selves, as women are always expected to be presentable and palatable to others.
Historically, those who are not white, cis, or male have made less money than white, cis-men for the same work. The patriarchy works hand in hand with capitalism by keeping the rich in power. When minorities and marginalized groups have lower economic standing, they have less power and autonomy across all areas of their lives. Also, classism is apparent even within the gender equality movement. Ofterntimes, the people we hear from about gender equality and women's empowerment are wealthy women, and the movement largely excludes low-income individuals, people with disabilities, and historically excluded communities.
Race and Misogynoir
Gender stereotypes and racial stereotypes often go hand-in-hand. Misogynoir, a term coined by Moya Bailey in 2010, defines the specific racist prejudice against Black women. Stereotypes around Black women exclude them from many opportunities, career and otherwise, and represent a critical intersection between race and gender to understand. For example, in recent news we can observe how people, especially the press, targeted Meghan Markle, a mixed-race woman of color with combined gender and racial prejudice. Racist stereotypes, such as aggression and violence, also exist about Black men, exaggerated by gender stereotypes about a man's dominance.