Sexism Lesson Plan

Instructor: Tammy Galloway

Tammy teaches business courses at the post-secondary and secondary level and has a master's of business administration in finance.

This lesson plan discusses sexism as it relates to four functional areas: work, military, home and politics. Students will watch a video, complete a research activity, and take an assessment to confirm their understanding.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson students will be able to:

  • Define sexism
  • Examine the different types of sexism
  • Explore the concept of sexism in various environments


This lesson will take 90 minutes.

Curriculum Standards


Cite several pieces of textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.


Determine two or more central ideas in a text and analyze their development over the course of the text; provide an objective summary of the text.


Analyze the interactions between individuals, events, and ideas in a text (e.g., how ideas influence individuals or events, or how individuals influence ideas or events).


  • institutional sexism
  • the glass ceiling
  • glass escalator
  • second shift for women


  • Begin the lesson by asking students to define sexism in their own words.
  • Explain the importance of identifying and learning about the different types of sexism.
  • Play the Sexism: Gender Differences and Contexts video and have students write definitions to the vocabulary words as they are mentioned in the video.
  • Pause the video at 00:01:02 and have students discuss the four areas where institutional sexism occurs.
  • Play the video lesson again, this time pausing at 00:03:24. Poll the class to determine if they have encountered sexism in their lives or if they know someone who has. Allow students to explain.
  • Ask students to define and explain the glass ceiling and escalator. Discuss suggestions to minimize both.
  • Start the video lesson and pause at 00:04:20 and pose the following questions:
    • Why are more men becoming house-husbands? How does this impact sexism toward men?
    • Can men be discriminated against if they work in the household? If so, explain.
  • Play the remainder of the video lesson and ask students what they learned about sexism in politics and the military.
  • Then distribute the lesson quiz to confirm students' understanding.

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