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Separation Solution?Single-Sex Education and the New Politics of Gender Equality$
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Juliet A. Williams

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780520288959

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520288959.001.0001

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Rethinking Gender Equality

Rethinking Gender Equality

(p.1) Chapter One Rethinking Gender Equality
Separation Solution?

Juliet A. Williams

University of California Press

This chapter begins by discussing the rise of single-sex education in K-12 public school classrooms across the United States. It then sets out the book’s purpose, which is to offer insight into the shifting ways that gender differences are being defined and accounted for in an era of formal legal equality for men and women. It does so by considering nearly three decades of debate over single-sex public education in the United States. The book demonstrates that the most vociferous challenges to single-sex public schooling initiatives have emanated not from dogmatic commitment to gender neutrality but rather from the empirically grounded charge that even the most well-intentioned single-sex initiatives open the door to rampant gender stereotyping. Still the debate over single-sex public education too often has been reductively represented as a controversy pitting those who acknowledge gender differences against those who deny the basic facts of human nature.

Keywords:   single-sex education, public schools, public education, gender difference, gender equality, gender stereotyping

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