Dr. Jennifer W. Shewmaker

Parent, Teacher, Author

STEM and Sexualization: A New Vision for Girls

About a week ago, I worked with several of our  Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) faculty at ACU to host our third annual STEM for Girls day. Fifty-five middle school … Continue reading

February 10, 2014 · 2 Comments

Are boys and girls really that different? Children and Gender Stereotypes

Sugar and spice and everything nice, that’s what little girls are made of. Snakes and snails and puppy dog tails, that’s what little boys are made of. Are boys and … Continue reading

January 6, 2014 · Leave a comment

Girls and Pink Toys: What can we do?

In this series we’ve been talking about how media and marketing depictions impact children. Research has shown us that there are patterns of how girls and boys are depicted, and … Continue reading

December 9, 2013 · 2 Comments

Girls and Pink Toys Part 3: Do toy ads really matter?

Children are buying into the stereotypes promoted by media messaging. And they’re accepting the message that certain products, interests, and activities are gender specific. A study in 2009 (Miller, Lurye, … Continue reading

December 6, 2013 · 6 Comments

Girls and Pink Toys Part 1: Is it Biology?

In the past weeks, there has been quite a bit of talk about Goldieblox and the ways that they and other toys companies (such as Lego)  have tried to promote … Continue reading

December 2, 2013 · 4 Comments

An Open Letter to Justin Lookadoo

As the mother of 3 girls in the Texas public school system, the story of Justin Lookadoo’s controversial, gender stereotyped speech at Richardson High School hit me hard. My 14 … Continue reading

November 17, 2013 · 19 Comments

Girls are More than That: Media and Gender Stereotypes

Brave Girls Want is an alliance of parents, experts, advocates and small business owners who believe that girls deserve to have healthy media options. We’re asking media makers and corporations … Continue reading

August 9, 2013 · 3 Comments
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