Guess Who Did This: How does gender bias affect our judgment?

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Author: Vision 2020, National Constitution Center

This Class Starter activity is found on page 26 of the guide for K-12 educators that accompanied the temporary exhibition From the Absence of Many to the Presence of All: The Unfinished Business of Women’s Equality  at the National Constitution Center, Philadelphia. The exhibition is part of a national project focused on advancing gender equality by energizing the dialogue about women and leadership. This Guide is designed to be flexible, with the intention that you pick and choose, mix and match based on your classroom needs. The activities are designed to engage students and allow them to interact with the material and with each other, and the range of choices provides options for students of different learning styles.


  • By being asked to match a group of men and women (about whom they may know nothing) to a list of feats, students will realize that their own preconceptions based on gender may lead them to make mistaken judgments about people’s roles and abilities.


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