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Intellectual Parity [electronic resource]: What Little Girls Are Made of

BBC Worldwide Ltd
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In the 19th century, science held the view that women were intellectually inferior to men. This argument was carefully cultivated over the years by the "science" of phrenology and subsequent research into skull size, brain makeup, and even facial angles. All of this seemingly proved that neuroanatomical deficiencies in women made them less intelligent than men and more fit for child-bearing and domestic duties. This program from the BBC archives examines the history of intellectual prejudice against women, and how that prejudice has diminished educational opportunities. Scientist and host Jan Harding discusses the barriers that nearly thwarted her own science career, and insists that prejudice still exists in the classroom today. Throughout the program, stories of famous women in science reinforce the points discussed.
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48 min.
6 & up
  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on November 02, 2013.
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
Variant Title
What Little Girls Are Made Of
  • Reinforced Prejudices (3:30)
  • Phrenology (2:53)
  • Perpetuation of Disproven Natural Laws (2:09)
  • Anatomical Society (2:03)
  • Brain Measurements (3:23)
  • Prognathic Measurements (2:02)
  • Greatness Denied (2:20)
  • Emotional Reactivity (2:03)
  • Tactile Sensitivity Test (3:05)
  • Gender Division Continues (1:33)
  • Intelligence Quotient and Gender Differences (1:52)
  • Post War Image of Women (3:00)
  • Rod and Frame Test (3:57)
  • Spatial Ability and Biological Tests (2:57)
  • Gender Bias in Classrooms (1:28)
  • Competition as a Virtue (2:40)
  • Psychology of Sex Differences Today (2:26)
  • Reversal of Previously Accepted Ideas (1:52)
  • Credits: Intellectual Parity: What Little Girls Are Made Of (1:12)
New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2013], c1983.
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8400 Films Media Group
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1 streaming video file (48 min.) : sd., col.
Mode of access: Internet.
System requirements: FOD playback platform.
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