The World's Women (Earth Matters Unit)

Downloadable unit from the Earth Matters curriculum CD. Purchase now and immediately receive the unit as a PDF.

Background Reading: Women: The Critical Link

Gender discrimination hurts women, their families and their communities. Read about the links between women's status and education, health, fertility rates and the environment.

Case Study Reading: Kerala: A Model Case for Education

The Indian state of Kerala leads the country in women's education, family planning use and social development.


A Woman’s Place: Students read about and discuss a woman's life and child-bearing decisions in sub-Saharan Africa, examine the role of gender preferences in families and create oral reports in groups that examine the status of women in different countries. 

Gender Quest: Students act as anthropologists, uncovering evidence on the status of women in North America and examining how gender roles have changed over time.