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ERIC Number: ED231676
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Feb
Pages: 11
Abstractor: N/A
Selecting Women's Biographies for the Social Studies.
Styer, Sandra
To assist elementary teachers committed to integrating women's studies into social studies, criteria which should be met by juvenile biographies of women are discussed and illustrations from biographies are provided. Examples of what to consider when selecting biographies follow. In a sexist biography, heroines portray sexist attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors learned as a result of being socialized in a sexist society. Repeated references are made to the heroines' physical appearance, suggesting that the heroine is quite unlike or superior to most women. In contrast, in a nonsexist biography, the descriptive background information is free of sexist judgments and interpretations. All characters are portrayed without sexism, women who have functioned as role models for the heroines are recognized, relationships with other women which have been a source of reciprocal support and power are depicted, and career success and personal happiness are not portrayed as mutually exclusive. (RM)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A