Weekly Roundup – Wonder Women, what it means to be a girl, and the importance of gender identity protection. By: Lauae Wolfe

Where’s Wonder Woman?

With few gender equality superhero figures for kids to look up to, is there an age too early to teach kids about bias, including sexism? Ryan Beckwith explores that idea with his kids when they read books together, and answers tough questions about why Wonder Woman isn’t featured in the “other” superhero books. Where Wonder Woman includes male counterpart superhero’s, books like Superman for kids fail to include her. Beckwith came up with a simple answer readily understood by very young preschoolers, saying “the people who write books like this forget to include the girls. That’s silly, right? This is a silly book. Let’s read the other one.” Read more

 

Prove it! Abby Wambach defends child, and asks us all to teach our kids to be “true to ourselves.”

We’ve all heard the headlines, 8-year old girl that doesn’t “look” the way the officiator expects a girl to look, and has her team disqualified from a soccer tournament in Nebraska. The little girl, Mili, broke down into tears, trying to explain to adults judging her looks that “[j]ust because I look like a boy, doesn’t mean I’m a boy.” This week professional athletes like Abby Wambach took a stand to both defend the Mili, and the right of every child to be respected and free from gender bias. Leading the world as the “all-time leading scorer,” Abby shares she’ll “be damned if Mili has to walk the same road” she endured. Abby said she “persevered through stereotypes and judgment so that her path could be a little bit easier.” Read more

 

Ontario Passes a bill that includes culturally sensitive services for youth and gender identity protection.

Much debate on the newly passed Bill 89 in the Ontario parliament has centered around the ability of government agencies to take into consideration a child’s self-identification of gender when providing social services. While the criticism has focused on the idea that the Bill allows children to be taken from parents who refuse to acknowledge their gender identification, the Bill provides for “services more inclusive and culturally appropriate for all children and youth,” fills a gap by increasing the protection age of children to 18, and according to the Minister of Children and Youth Services of their process of creating the Bill, “listened to people across the province, including young people… and used what we heard to strengthen services and better protect and care for Ontario’s most vulnerable young people.”

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Children and Youth Services Changes

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