Gender Discrimination
(From left) Dr. Dawn Beichner and Dr. Erin Mikulec - From dress code double-standards to sexual violence policies, a new volume from Dr. Erin Mikulec and Dr. Dawn Beichner explores the relegation of school-aged girls to simply a “distraction.”
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“Distraction”: Dress code double standards and the regulation of school-age girls

In their new book "Distraction: Girls, School, and Sexuality," two Illinois State University professors explore the way regulation and school practices sexualize school-age girls from pre-school through adulthood. They joined The 21st to talk about the value placed on the education of kids of different genders, as well as the burdens forced on young women in schools and the effect of labeling girls as a "distraction." 

Jessica Hopper sitting on an outdoor staircase
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Music Critic Hopes Conversation Leads To Change

Music critic Jessica Hopper recently started a social media conversation about how women and other marginalized groups have been discouraged in their pursuits in the music industry.  Hopper will be in Champaign-Urbana for this weekend's Pygmalion Festival.  She spoke with Illinois Public Media's Brian Moline about how that conversation started, and where she hopes it could lead.

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