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We shall walk together on this path of life, for all things are part of the universe and are connected with each other to form one whole unity. Maria Montessori
Be a lamp, or a lifeboat, or a ladder. Help someone’s soul heal. Walk out of your house like a shepherd. Rumi
Once you know to start looking, resources abound. This list is merely the tip of the iceberg and is designed mainly for those looking for works referenced in my webinars or lectures, educators, and for those just getting started. Enjoy!
Global Gender Gap Report – 2021 (World Economic Forum) – a font of useful data
Harvard Implicit Bias Tests– I’m not a huge fan of these tests, but I know many find them illuminating. There are a couple of different ones pertaining to gender.
XY Online – one of the best compilations of resources and articles, especially addressing issues of men and masculinities
Gender Equality Attitudes Study 2019 – 10 Countries, thanks to UN Women
Gender Bias Learning Project – Run by Joan Williams, a lawyer and expert on work/life/family balance at the Center for Work-Life Balance at UC Hastings
Especially for Educators
Gender Equity in the Classroom: What it Looks Like and What You Can Do – my 2020 article in Montessori Leadership Magazine
Gender Bias in the Classroom – excellent simple 3-page tool with indicators and tips on avoiding bias (Delaware State Education Association)
Gender Bias in Elementary Schools: An Examination of Teacher Attitudes – Thesis, Lori Melissa Slater
A Mighty Girl – claims to be the largest collection of books, articles, magazines, and movies for smart, courageous girls. Regularly posts interesting articles on girls’ growing up.
Welcoming Schools – managed by the HRC Foundation, this site has a wealth of information including guides for administrators, lesson plans, book lists for all ages, a summary of laws in different states in the US and more
Can we stop mass shootings if we won’t talk about the crisis of America’s young men? Will Bunch, Philadelphia Inquirer, April 2021
Note: these book lists will just get you started. The resources above include more and of course public searches on GoodReads, AbeBooks, and other sites will provide up-to-date offerings.
Books For Children
- Jamie is Jamie by Afsaneh Moradian
- Neither by Airlie Anderson
- It Feels Good to Be Yourself by Theresa Thorn
- Who are You? The Kid’s Guide to Gender Identity by Brook Pessin-Whedbee
- When Aidan Became A Brother by Kyle Lukoff
- Introducing Teddy by Jessica Walton
- My Rainbow by Trinity Neal and DeShanna Neal
- Not Quite Narwhal by Jessie Sima
- Red: A Crayon’s Story by Michael Hall
- They, She, He, Me: Free to Be! by Maya Christina Gonzalez and Matthew SG
Books For Adolescents
- Beyond the Gender Binary by Alok Vaid-Menon
- King and the Dragonflies by Kacen Callender
- 30 Essential Books for LGBTQ+ Teens
- Pet by Akwaeke Emezi
Books For Adults
- The Gender Creative Child by Diane Ehrensaft
- Black on Both Sides: A Racial History of Trans Identity by C. Riley Snorton
- Histories of the Transgender Child by Julian Gill-Peterson
- A Quick & Easy Guide to They/Them Pronouns by Archie Bongiovanni and Tristan Jimerson
- Raising My Rainbow: Adventures in Raising a Fabulous, Gender Creative Son by Lori Duron
- Raising Ryland by Hillary Whittington
- Becoming Nicole by Amy Ellis Nutt
- The Transgender Teen by Stephanie A. Brill and Lisa Kenney
- The Transgender Child by Stephanie A. Brill and Rachel Pepper
- Raising the Transgender Child by Michele Angello and Alisa Bowman
*Thanks to WBUR, Boston, for their also useful Resources for Kids and Parents: Understanding Nonbinary Identities
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