Helen has been passionate about gender issues since studying at Leeds University and encountering ‘The Female Eunuch’ by Germaine Greer, a book that made sense of her own experiences as a girl and woman. As a primary teacher in the 1980s she was involved with the LA Gender Working Group, with other teachers publishing ideas and activities for teachers in Leeds and made every attempt to ensure that gender equality was practiced in her own classroom supporting children as young as four in thinking critically about gender roles.
During her MA in Education she focussed on Gender and Education carrying out 3 school-based research projects over 3 years and has since worked in Development Education Centres bringing a gender equality awareness to global learning. She draws on the additional experience of bringing up 2 daughters who are now young women (16 and 20) who bring their perspectives to her understanding of gender issues in the 21st century. She is delighted to have the opportunity to focus on gender equality in a global context and support the project group of teachers to develop and implement their own ideas.
For Helen’s Gender Respect Project background paper click here