Education and Women- Women and Education
"One child, one teacher, one book ... can change the world "
A young girl talked to the world and asked for a pen as she wanted to be able to learn and write and continue learning on her own.She underlined that her wish to continue learning was a necessity in a world where girls and boys were forbidden to have access to learning and education. She risked her life and after she left her country she could recover and she could talk to the world - you can read her speech and see how powerful her words are for us also today:
Education is important for every person, but for women like Malala education has a special meaning. Education means freedom.
Women 's voices have always talked about the need for freedom and literature has seen many voices of writers and poets who thought that " women " should be given the same chances as men.
Now in the XXI century we are still fighting against prejudices and a lot of girls and women are fighting to get access to their freedom. This happens in poorer countries but also in some developed countries too. It is their right to exist that can cause problems in their societies and also at work. It must be difficult to get recognition to their right to exist as " free girls or women".
The great writer Virginia Woolf was interested in the conditions of women and why they could not achieve the same goals as their brothers.
Read the text online
Listen to the commentary about the text Shakespeare's sister by V.Woolf: we cannot talk about her as women's life was based on the family's choices when Shakespeare became a great dramatist. Girls could not choose but obey and get married. There can't have been a female Shakespeare and if she had existed she could not have become as famous as her brother.
I have always liked this text as it presents the woman's point of view and it describes how hard life must have been for women who wanted to become writers. The XX century meant more rights and writers like Virginia Woolf and Dorothy Richardson could become writers, journalists and choose their own life. Among the many female writers I have studied I love thinking about Virginia Woolf , and the others who reshaped the novel at the beginning of the XX century. They are now great Giants in the English Literature.
What we can do at school
We can teach about the forbidden rights of women: internet can offer a great number of resources online and useful tips:
In the same website we have access to a list of activities :
Women's Suffrage: a viewing and listening comprehension for teachers of English who want to discuss the issue at school
We can also watch a video about the presentation of the film " Suffragette" and learn about the period of the suffragettes who suffered deeply while they were fighting to get recognition of their rights.
If you check on most social networks you will find a lot of pictures or slogans and documents......... As I am on Twitter I am just checking some and sharing them with you
Female writers have used ghosts to condemn their role in society: https://t.co/fbVfSpVLl1 #IWD2016 pic.twitter.com/B4BZZtIwmg— BBC Culture (@BBC_Culture) 8 marzo 2016
.@itcnews calls for a greater share of women in global working - on #IWD2016 https://t.co/1RpnxURc33 #shetrades pic.twitter.com/AF7W4QYvzE— United Nations (@UN) 8 marzo 2016
Know your value! That’s @jameelajamil’s #RewritingTheCode mission. What’s yours? #IWD2016 https://t.co/ZWL96NRBIC pic.twitter.com/hkQdWWLcgv— A World at School (@aworldatschool) 8 marzo 2016
Let's celebrate and let's remember that education can really change the life of girls and women in the world.