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The Heroines! project is a worldwide collaboration between scientists, writers, artists, designers and makers. Together, we’re creating a series of books that will share the untold stories of exceptional women and their extraordinary accomplishments.
We’ve all experienced gender inequality.
And despite great progress and strong female role models in some cultures, many women around the world still grow up steeped in gender stereotypes that prevent them from seeing or achieving their potential. This applies to young men as well. And it can have lasting repercussions on a life.
Research has shown that even exposure to counter-stereotypical role models is only effective when children can relate to these role models and see themselves in their shoes ⁷. And in places with a particularly wide gender gap and young women with far fewer privileges than young men, it’s essential for girls to see role models of their own gender from their own culture. With this in mind, we’re connecting scientists researching gender inequality to artists and writers who can reach a wide audience with their stories and images. Together, we’re creating a collection of books that will support social change by transforming data into stories that can reach young women in their own cultures and languages—and right at the developmental stage when the role models around them start to influence how they see themselves.
According to UNICEF, gender equality simply means “women and men and girls and boys enjoy the same rights, resources, opportunities and protections.”
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