Dr. Jennifer W. Shewmaker

Parent, Teacher, Activist

Podcast Gender and Media Talk: Boy Builders and Pink Princesses

Today’s podcast in Gender and Media Talk focuses on the research of Dr. Elizabeth Sweet, who studies gendered toy packaging and how it both effects and reflects gender roles in … Continue reading

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Children and Technology: Benefits and Challenges

Technology is ubiquitous in our world today. Toddlers are handed cell phones or tablets designed especially for them, tweens have their own cell phones before they even enter middle school, … Continue reading

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Motherhood Penalty?

The work going on at Stanford examining what they call The Motherhood Penalty is interesting to me both academically and personally. Anyone who works with me knows that I work … Continue reading

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The Great Sticky Note Campaign: Kids as Activists

Today I want to share a fun activity that you can use to raise a child’s literacy around media and marketing AND make a statement to corporations or stores about … Continue reading

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LEGO Objectifying Little Girls: Makeovers for the under 12’s

I have argued against girls needing pink, “girlie” LEGO since Friends was released. Because girls need the chance to build, learn, and create, not to be reminded that they are … Continue reading

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Does media really matter?

As a blogger, speaker, and activist, I often hear from people who do not believe that media and marketing really impact children. These people seem quite certain that children can … Continue reading

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Sexualized Media Messages and Our Children

My book, Sexualized Media Messages & Our Children: Teaching Kids to be Smart Critics & Consumers will be released tomorrow, February 28, 2015! This is a practical book with a strong research … Continue reading

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Children and Technology: Issues of Identity

It’s very important that parents and caregivers consider the issue of identity when children begin to get involved with technology. This is especially applicable to social media. Two questions that … Continue reading

April 20, 2015 · 2 Comments

Life Before Equal Pay Day: Portrait of a Working Mother in the 1950s

Originally posted on TIME:
In 1956, 16% of women with children under 6 worked outside the home. Twenty-seven-year-old Jennie Magill of Hammond, Ind., was one of them. When LIFE Magazine…

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