Video : The extent of gender stereotyping is laid bare
What does a firefighter, a fighter pilot and a surgeon have in common? They’re all seen as jobs for men by primary school children.
22 pupils aged between five and seven years old, equally split between boys and girls, were asked to draw people in these professions and the extent of gender stereotyping was laid bare when the drawings were revealed. Out of the 66 pictures drawn, only five depicted women in these roles – perhaps perceived t be more dangerous and male dominated careers.
The #RedrawTheBalance video sees the extent of gender stereotyping being laid bare.
In the awesome video, filmed at Whitstable Junior School in Kent, the children are then asked if they would like to meet real-life versions of the drawings. What the children didn’t know was the three women who surveyed them were in fact a real life London Fire Brigade firefighter, an NHS surgeon, and an active RAF pilot. They then came back in to the classroom in full uniform which saw the children’s faces light up.
Commissioned by charity Education and Employers as part of their ‘Inspiring the Future’ initiative, the aim of the #RedrawTheBalance video is to inspire children and to remove gender-stereotypes and open their minds to the fact that all career opportunities are open to them in the future.
Three further films give an insight into the three women’s experiences in doing what many perceive to be a man’s job. You can watch them below.
Meet Lucy, the awesome Firefighter. “So often you hear people say you only got in because you’re female and they made it easier for you. It’s the absolute opposite actually.”
MEET TAMZIN, THE AWESOME SURGEON. “WHAT I FIND MOST FULFILLING ABOUT MY WORK IS THE EFFECT IT HAS ON PATIENTS WHEN THEY’VE COME TO YOU WITH A PROBLEM AND YOU CAN ACTUALLY FIX IT WITH SURGERY.”