A Path Appears
This collection helps students better understand the barriers to opportunity for women and girls, not only in developing countries, but in the United States as well, and how to effectively make a difference. Sparked by the film series Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, and the book by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, A Path Appears focuses on successful initiatives, and the inspiring agents of change who are the catalysts for opportunity. The lessons incorporate project-based learning, service learning, and media literacy to connect viewers and learners to organizations and movements for social change.
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In this lesson, students will explore the ways that women experience oppression, how men and boys are involved in that dynamic, and how they can take on the role of ally. Students will apply this knowledge to conduct research and create media as part of a larger discourse on improving the opportunities, lives, and life chances of women and girls; in the process they will join a worldwide human-rights and social-justice movement.