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Essay Topics on Gender Equality

Instructor: Clio Stearns

Clio has taught education courses at the college level and has a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction.

Learning about gender equality can be an important way to help your students think about history and justice. This lesson offers essay topics that will get your students thinking and writing about gender equality.

Gender Equality

As a teacher, it is one of your responsibilities to help your students think about important historical and current social issues. Getting students thinking about equity and justice can often be very motivating to them since these issues impact the ways they and their families live. One important theme for students to think about is gender equality.

Whether students are learning about gender from a historical perspective or in the context of current sociopolitical dynamics, almost all of them will be able to grow interested in discussing gender equality. When students write essays about gender equality, they will have to argue for a strong point of view and then support their ideas with evidence. The topics in this lesson will get your students thinking deeply and critically about gender equality.

Gender Equality in History

This section offers a series of topics that focus students' attention on the ways gender equality has evolved over the course of history.

  • Choose one specific period of American or global history to focus on. Write about the way gender was handled during this period. Focus your attention on issues of gender equality or inequality. Think about what is different today from then in terms of gender equality.
  • Describe the process that helped women in the United States earn the right to vote. Think about why the right to vote felt so important to so many women. It is also important for you to analyze the ways that this fight overlapped with other fights for social justice and equality.
  • What is one major law over the course of the United States that has had a major impact on gender equality? Describe what went into getting this law passed and how it has influenced the lives of girls and women in this country.
  • What has been the historical relationship between fights for gender equality and fights for other kinds of justice and equality, both in the United States and globally? Use specific evidence to explain your characterization of this relationship.
  • Name three different historical figures whose lives and works have had an important influence on gender equality. Describe what these people did, why gender equality was important to them, and how their work impacted the lives of others.
  • Write about the development and passage of Title IX. Argue that this law either was or was not a landmark case in terms of moving toward gender equality.
  • Compare and contrast the feminist movement in the United States with that in one other country. As you write, consider what the similarities and differences in these two different movements show about the culture and geography they evolved in.

Gender Equality Today

The topics in this section are oriented toward how gender equality plays out today and what current issues impact gender equality.

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