Feminist Education & Equal Opporunities Essay

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Feminist Education and Equal Opportunities: Unity or Discord? Author(s): Gaby Weiner Source: British Journal of Sociology of Education, Vol. 7, No. 3 (1986), pp. 265-274 Published by: Taylor & Francis, Ltd. Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1392817 . Accessed: 29/01/2015 04:01 Your use of the JSTOR archive indicates your acceptance of the Terms & Conditions of Use, available at . http://www.jstor.org/page/info/about/policies/terms.jsp . JSTOR is a not-for-profit service that helps scholars, researchers, and students discover, use, and build upon a wide range of content in a trusted digital archive. We use information technology and tools to increase productivity and facilitate new forms of scholarship. For more information about JSTOR, please contact support@jstor.org. . Taylor & Francis, Ltd. is collaborating with JSTOR to digitize, preserve and extend access to British Journal of Sociology of Education. http://www.jstor.org This content downloaded from 121.52.153.181 on Thu, 29 Jan 2015 04:01:27 AM All use subject to JSTOR Terms and Conditions BritishJournal of Sociologyof Education, Vol. 7, No. 3, 1986 265 Feminist Education and Equal Opportunities: unity or discord? GABY WEINER, Open University Background I left college in the early 70s without any hint from my training course that girls might experience school in a different way from boys. So it was only when I first began to teach, in Hackney, in 1972, that I was confronted with aspects of school life which contravened or challenged my developing ideas on feminism and educational equality. For instance I noticed that the teachers (myself included) took far more interest in the work of boys; we used sexist language (I shudder to think of it now but I think I addressed the boys as 'gentlemen' and the girls as 'young ladies'); we continually reinforced gender differentiation in the classroom-by

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