A discussion on women’s rights shared between young girls and boys and activist Gloria Steinem and Linda Ellerbee is featured in the “Nick News with Linda Ellerbee” half-hour special “Are We There Yet? Women’s History, Past, Present, and Future,” which debuts at 7 p.m. Monday, April 1, on Nickelodeon.
More information on the program, provided by Nickelodeon, is as follows:
The special discusses how many kids think all the battles for gender equality have already been fought and won. Yet, America is one of the only industrialized nations in the world that does not recognize gender equality in its Constitution.
“In school we don’t really talk about women’s rights,” says Hannah.
“In my history class…we kind of went from the Revolutionary War to the Civil War and then kind of skipped over women’s suffrage…” says Zach. “We didn’t talk about anything that had to do with women’s rights.”
Some kids say the proposed Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution, which includes the rights of women, is unnecessary or that it will force women to be a part of the military draft. “In the Constitution, it says that all men are created equal,” says Helena. “And that spans to cover both men and women.”
“If they meant everybody, they should have written everybody, instead of just man,” Crystal responds.
“Everything we’re talking about in the women’s rights movement preserves your choice,” says Steinem. “It isn’t about making a choice you don’t want to make. It’s about making choice possible.”
“I got my first job in television because some men, women before me fought to make it possible for a woman to be in a field that had been mainly if not solely the provenance of me,” says Ellerbee. “I stand on the shoulders of those women and men. Who will stand on your shoulders and will your shoulders be strong enough to help carry them where they want to go next?”
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