We define gender discrimination as social, economic, and political inequality based on gender. Our position is that persecution for any reason is unacceptable in a modern society, and that's why our girlsCAN! Mentors are working hard to teach our girls how to stamp out gender stereotypes that make it hard for them to enjoy their right to eauality. We work to end obvious bias like opportunity limitations, wage inequity, workplace bias, domestic abuse, and sexual harassment, as well as more subtle forms of bias.
Growing up is challenging enough without gender stereotyping creating an added burden for our girls to contend with. That's why GenderEqual is working hard to eliminate gender stereotypes. But until we do, girls need to learn skills that can protect them from the limitations placed on them.
Limitations that result in only 19% of the Members of Congress being women in a country where girls and women represent over 50% of the population. Limitations that explain why only 3.6% of Fortune 500 CEOs are women and the average woman earns 78% of what her male counterpart earns. Limitations that have resulted in 95% of the wealth of the world's richest 400 people being controlled by men. And limitations that cause girls as young as 7-years-old to believe they aren't good at math and sciences.
GenderEqual created the girlsCAN! program to teach girls how to prevent gender stereotypes from limiting their success. Because when our girls succeed, America succeeds! The many forms of gender bias can be classified into the following categories.