Welcome to my Feminist Teacher blog, a site of inquiry for those interested in equity and justice in today’s classrooms. I am Ileana Jiménez, a thirteen-year veteran of both single sex and progressive independent schools, and I am excited to engage in this conversation with you.
Too often, academic conversations about feminism, women’s studies, gender studies, queer or LGBT studies, as well as studies such as African American, Asian American, Latino/a, Middle Eastern, and Native American studies, focus largely on higher education classrooms and the professors and scholars who teach and conduct research in these fields, leaving out teachers in secondary, middle, and early childhood education who also teach and conduct research on these subjects.
The invisibility of teachers in discussions of feminist pedagogy removes us from being seen as significant contributors to a variety of academic fields, and equally as important, from being recognized as providing young people and children with curricular experiences that are rich and meaningful.
But we are out there for sure. We are doing the work of feminist scholarship and we are doing the work of feminist curriculum and even feminist activism with our students.
This blog intends to expand the circle of discussion to educators in the k-12 sector who consider their teaching practices to be feminist in design and implementation. My goal is to make us visible to each other and to the larger world of educators, as we move forward with our important work. For this reason, I hope it will be a place of community and conversation, both inspiring and invigorating.
In my mind, a feminist pedagogy is one in which issues of race, class, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, religion, age, ability, politics, and human rights—among others—inform a teacher’s philosophical vision that shapes not only content but also action, both that of the teacher as well as the students in the classroom and beyond.
Let this site also be a place of action: the action of the mind and of the heart for greater gender, racial, and economic justice.