Souderton Area School District PAGE Chapter

We were lucky to have Mary Martha Whitworth speak at our monthly meeting on April 24th. Mary Martha is a teacher trainer who focuses on issues of gender equality in education. In addition to helping us identify books for and about girls, she spoke about issues facing females in their education. Specifically, it is important for girls to feel competent in their academic capabilities and be willing to take the risk of the classroom to ensure their continued achievement, particularly in math and science. Girls show a much sharper decline in self-esteem in the middle school years than boys. This is exacerbated when they have a high proportion of their self worth tied up in appearance (as the media encourages them to do!).

A few things we can do in the home to help our girls' self esteem include: