Video : The extent of gender stereotyping is laid bare

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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.”

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MEET THE RAF PILOT. “TO BE A PILOT, WHAT YOU NEED TO BE IS ENTHUSIASTIC, BE DRIVEN, TO BE PASSIONATE AND TO BE ABLE. NONE OF THOSE THINGS ARE GENDER SPECIFIC.”

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT EDUCATION AND EMPLOYERS :

www.educationandemployers.org

About The Author

Thomas Anderson

Founder and MD of Inclusive Networks. Thomas was Chair of the award winning LGBT network for The Co-operative Group, ‘Respect’ (2011-14). Thomas named the network and designed and managed all of the branding, communications and engagement until he stepped down from the role of Chair in March 2014. He also created the branding, name, was Editor of the quarterly magazine and developed the launch of the UK’s first Inter-Retail LGBT network ‘CheckOUT’. He contributed to the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index 5 Year review. In recognition of his work in the diversity field he was shortlisted for ‘Diversity Champion of the Year’ at the 2013 European Diversity Awards, shortlisted for ‘Role Model of the Year’ at the 2012 Lesbian & Gay Foundation Homo Heroes Awards and shortlisted for the ‘Positive Action’ award at the 2013 Asian Fire Service Association Fair & Diverse Awards. He also won the 2012 ‘Pride of The Co-operative’ award. He was a judge for Scotland's biggest diversity awards, The Icon Awards in 2016, 2017 and 2018.

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