Your child 3-5 years

Boys-boys: stereotypes settle in early childhood


How to fight against sex discrimination and stereotypes? A report given January 16, 2014 to the Minister of Women's Rights, Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, reminds that it is an issue of equality and diversity from childhood and makes 30 proposals.

30 proposals to fight stereotypes

  • To fight against these discriminations of sex, the rapporteurs proposed a list of 30 measures such as:
  • Pushing men, future fathers to invest in children through a preparation for birth, sensitize education staff to gender equality, encourage sports federations to the mix of practices, punish sexist, create a " national plan of action for the rise in the diversity of early childhood professions ".
  • In parallel, the program "ABCD of equality", is experienced in nursery and primary schools since the beginning of the 2013 academic year in ten academies. It aims to transmit, a culture of equality and respect between girls and boys, from an early age, by acting on the practices of the actors of education and the representations of students.
  • These measures, as the rapporteurs pointed out, will make it possible to reduce the gap in terms of equality and parity, without seeking to undifferentiate the sexes.

Textbooks still stereotyped.

  • The report emphasizes the influence of textbooks currently used, citing the example of mathematics books where women are underrepresented. When they are, they are decked out with an apron while the men are represented with attaché cases!
  • These schemas that are set up from childhood and that generate inequalities "girls and boys do not make the same choice of study streams, do not have the same relationship to the body and engage differently in the school, sports or cultural activities "as the report states.
  • The school mix, in place since 1975, has not yet been enough to eradicate stereotypes that will influence and "sexualize" study programs and professional orientations.
  • Today, only 17% of jobs are mixed (a job that includes a female / male proportion between 40 and 60%). Some trades, like early childhood, are mostly female. Men account for only 1.5% of this sector. Conversely, women are barely represented in the building trades.

Frédérique Odasso