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Nicole Chan 16 September 2011 Irene Boeckmann Memo 1: Week 3 Peggy Orenstein’s article, “Shortchanging Girls: Gender Socialization in Schools” highlights the gender issues adolescent girls face everyday in school. The survey conducted by the American Association of University Women illustrates how schools have negatively impacted girl’s self-esteem and the issues that arise from this. On the contrary Sue Freeman’s article, “Parental Influence and Women’s Career” discusses how women are affected positively by their negative home experiences. A series of interviews are conducted on girls who have grown up in a supportive environment and they share their personal opinions about gender roles. I found it interesting that girls in both articles have grown up in similar environments where they are exposed to the “social norms” of society; they are affected differently due to the influential character(s) in each article. For example, Orenstein discusses how schools have a “hidden curriculum” to reinforce gender roles without even knowing it (Orenstein 2002). It has been observed that in the classroom girls are quiet and submissive because boys are dominant and aggressive and the boys receive more attention from teachers because of their behavior. Clearly there is a double standard, if a girl disrupts, the teacher quickly puts her down. Thus, girls are forced to live in silence;
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This note was uploaded on 12/16/2011 for the course SOC 320 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '11 term at UMass (Amherst).

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