Learning feminine norms is a central rite of passage for nearly every girl. Yet STEM interest may be at odds with femininity, particularly during the “gender intensification” years of early adolescence, when belief in traditional gender norms accelerates and STEM interest begins to decline. Although many programs address external variables such as stereotype threat, implicit bias, and lack of role models, internalized belief in rigid gender norms may be an overlooked key. This open, engaging session will introduce the soon-to-be released toolkit, a partnership between TrueChild and NAPE, and will address key terms and concepts around gender norms. Participants will leave with concrete suggestions to eliminate barriers by challenging rigid gender norms.


Riki Wilchins
Executive Director, TrueChild

Meagan Pollock, PhD
Director of Professional Development, NAPE