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Classroom presentations

GenderEqual's Mentors take our girlsCAN! program into classrooms all across America, because that's where girls start to internalize gender bias. For example, research has determined that girls as young as 7-years-old believe they aren't good at math simply because they're girls. We know that's simply not true, but it's a problem that our girls believe it is.

Meeting the girlsCAN! Mentors in person is the most powerful way to create a strong bond between our Mentors and our girls, and it's that powerful connection that has girls look to the Mentors not just as role models but as ongoing sources of guidance and inspiration.

Classroom presentations also give girls and boys the chance to ask questions and get answers immediately, which is particularly beneficial for questions that are complex or subtle.

The most important message that students take from girlsCAN! presentations is that gender bias is unnecessary and can be stopped. Girls learn how to identify and stop it, and boys are taught to understand why it's so damaging and how to avoid stereotyping.

While instilling gender-based limitations isn't part of the official school curriculum, it's part of our young girls' reality. That's why there's such urgency to teach as many girls as possible the skills they'll need to protect themselves from gender bias.

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girlsCAN! Mentorship

Backing up the girlsCAN! classroom presentations with ongoing mentorship is critical if our girls are going to turn theory into reality and create real change in their lives.

That's why our Mentors provide ongoing guidance, both online and in the real world. Online coaching includes engaging in dialogue via blogs, forums, social media, and the organization's web site. In the real world, Mentors conduct Learn-2-Ride workshops and group rides. These activities are opportunities for girls to not only learn new skills—or hone existing ones—but they also get to know the Mentors and discuss gender bias issues that are affecting them personally.

Learn-to-Ride & group rides

What does working to end gender bias and riding a bike have in common? Susan B. Anthony really got it right when she said, "I think [the bicycle] has done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world. It gives a woman a feeling of freedom and self-reliance. I stand and rejoice every time I see a woman ride by on a wheel...the picture of free, untrammeled womanhood."

Participating in a girlsCAN! no-drop group ride is a great way to get some exercise and hone your riding skills, and it's also a great opportunity to get to know our Mentors. Athletic activities are empowering, and empowerment is what our girls need to defeat gender bias in their lives.