Women are being airbrushed out of history

Feminism is being dropped from the politics curriculum

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A lot of what I learnt at school has vanished from my memory now. A lot of the time, we were learning specifically for our exams. I retained things like the Pythagoras’ theorem for short periods of time, allowing it to leave my head as soon as my maths exam was done.

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This week when I found out that the government is planning to take feminism out of the politics A-level curriculum, my first thought was, come on! And then I was reminded that actually there were some things I learnt at school that I will never forget.

Big things like, what’s feminism and why does it matter to me?

In the first politics lesson we had on feminism, there was a chorus of adolescent groans from my fellow classmates who were desperate to know why we were learning about feminism before anarchy.

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Despite having grown up with two very feminist women in my life, my mother and my grandmother, I don’t think I’d ever really learnt what feminism really meant before that term at school. I had seen feminism as a radical word, which had never resonated with me personally, because I had had no need for it. Or so I thought.

Of course I quickly discovered that feminism wasn’t the ‘bra-burning veganism’ I’d been warned about by my ignorant mates at school but simply a fight for gender equality, throughout society. Mind blown. I would never be the same again.

Since then, I've come to believe that if I could change one thing about our educational system, I would make feminism a compulsory subject in schools. To think that, unless chosen at A-level, students are never going to be given that vital education is absolutely absurd.

Airbrushing feminism out of the syllabus means denying a whole generations of young minds vital information about the fight for gender equality. We need more information, people, not less.

#MoreWomen (not fewer, please!)

Sign the change.org petition to add more female thinkers to the politics syllabus

Words by ELLE Video Editor Grace Campbell

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