The late Dr. Myra Sadker is probably best known for the book she wrote with her husband David Sadker, Failing at Fairness: How Our Schools Cheat Girls. Myra dedicated her life to advocating for girls and educating people about gender bias in the classroom.
Sadly, in my 20 plus years in education, I have found Myra’s observations regarding gender bias still true today. Myra was a pioneer who challenged gender bias and inequities. She specifically addressed the subtle gender bias that occurs in classrooms every day. Myra provided the research that documented gender bias in America’s schools, “…from grade school through graduate school, from inner cities to rural towns.” Myra uncovered not only blatant gender discrimination in textbooks and sports funding, but also subtle inequities that shaped the way students were taught. For example, how boys, or male students are called on six times more than girls.
As someone who helped to found a Girls’ School, I still see the need for secular single sex education. Perhaps I see a secular non-sectarian Girls’ School starting in Portland, Oregon by a social worker from Portland State University in the next two years.
Sadly, Dr. Myra Sadker died from breast cancer in 1995. Thankfully, the work she did lives on and inspires many to address gender inequities and power distribution. Thank you, Dr. Myra Sadker. Click here if you would like to learn more about Myra Sadker.