Portrayals of Women on Television

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Grades 8–12

Class Description

Students will examine how portrayals of women on television have evolved from the 1950s to the present. This class encourages participants to think about women they admire and to compare them to these fictional portrayals.

All classes are interactive, with guided discussion designed to encourage active observation and critical thinking.


As a group, provide definitions for the following words and concepts, which will be referenced during the class.

CONSERVATIVE: tending or disposed to maintain existing views, conditions, or institutions.

FEMINISM: the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes; organized activity on behalf of women's rights and interests.

TRADITION: an inherited, established, or customary pattern of thought, action, or behavior (as a religious practice or a social custom); cultural continuity in social attitudes, customs, and institutions.

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