Overcoming Gender Bias

A Peacemaking Project by Ariell S.

What is the injustice we are solving?

We are committed to a world in which one's gender carries no connotations as to character or competence. We strive toward a time in which girls and boys, women and men are treated as equals.

Our Compassionate Solution:

To solve this injustice of gender bias
we will address implicit gender bias
by awareness education (workshops in local schools, faculty and student presentations, etc.)

Our Project Plan:


  • We will adapt presentations already created by community members in order to create several different presentations on implicit gender bias for a variety of age groups and give presentations in at least 5 local schools by the fall of 2018.

We will increase my / our compassion by...

We will show compassion by remembering that asking people to change the way that they think is difficult and by staying committed to disputing behaviors, not individuals.

How will you show courage?

We will show courage by voicing our opinions, even when there are lots of eyes on us, and by advocating for a world where it is no longer acceptable to stereotype an individual based on gender or sex.

How will you collaborate with others?

We will work with school administrators and faculty, local women's issues groups, and the student body at our school.

How will you know you are moving in the right direction? (What are specific ways you can measure your impact?)

We will know that we are moving in the right direction based on the response to our presentations from local schools, our own school's faculty, and the engagement we receive from our student body.

Key Steps

  • Adapt current presentations into several implicit bias presentations for various age groups.
  • Procure permission from our school administrators to give a presentation on implicit gender bias at a faculty meeting.
  • Create materials (flyers, email templates, etc.) to use when networking or introducing our organization to prospective audiences.
  • Reach out to local schools, particularly elementary and middle schools, to obtain permission and determine dates and times for implicit bias presentations.


Amani A.
27 April 2018 15:39

Hi Ariell!

I am part of the Peace First team and wanted to check in on your project! It looks like you are interested in applying for a mini-grant to help fund your project! You are welcome to apply through your project dashboard at any time you are ready. Once you receive the mini-grant, we ask folks to finish the project and submit their reflection within three months.

In addition, I want to provide you with some feedback on a specific part of your project and I would really appreciate if you could please consider them.

Compassionate Insight: I would really appreciate if you could take into consideration the feedback provided below by my colleague Adrian. A quick question: how many workshops are you planning to conduct?

Project Plan:
* Project Goals: I would invite you to work a bit and create specific goals. Try to answer this question, please: what are the short and long-term goals that you want to achieve by the end of this project? You can use our SMART Tool, which will help you on how to do that:

Thanks for being a peacemaker and keep up the excellent work! Please keep in mind that while you are welcome to carry out your project at your own speed, if you are able to complete your project and submit your Reflection by the Challenge deadline of May 31st, you will remain eligible for additional opportunities. Either way, we are excited to hear how the project goes -- and let us know how we can support you!

Kelsey T.
11 April 2018 12:30

Hi Ariell! Great to see your project plan taking shape! I wanted to let you know about the opportunity to apply for a mini-grant to support your work if you require funds for any materials you need to carry out your project! You can apply for a mini-grant at any time, but if you need one, we'd encourage you to apply by April 15th to stay eligible for additional opportunities! If you don't need a mini-grant to carry out your project, you can still be eligible for those opportunities if you carry out your project and submit your reflection by May 31st -- and we will provide feedback on your plan soon.

Since you've completed your plan and insight, all you need to do to apply is submit your mini-grant application form from your dashboard. You may also want to make some changes to your materials (insight and plan) based on our feedback below before we review your application.

Best of luck carrying out your project!  

Kelsey T.
26 March 2018 20:15

Hi Ariell! We're excited to hear more about your ideas to address this important injustice! I wanted to let you know about an opportunity -- if you are interested in getting some funding for materials that you need to carry out your project, you can apply for a mini-grant of up to $250.

The deadline to submit your Project Plan and Mini-Grant Application is March 31st if you want to remain eligible to apply to attend a Peace First Accelerator.

As you craft your plan, be sure to consider the feedback we gave you on your compassionate insight, and check out our project planning tools for help turning your insight into a concrete action plan: https://www.peacefirst.org/plan-your-project

Then, through your dashboard you can make any changes you want to make to your "compassionate insight," record your plan in "Make a plan" and then "Apply for a mini-grant" for the materials you need.

Let us know if you have questions. We're looking forward to supporting your project!

Adrian B.
9 March 2018 15:35

Hi Ariell,

Thanks so much for posting this project! As part of the process for creating projects on our site, we give formal feedback at certain points. One of those steps is the compassionate insight. When you've incorporated/digested this feedback, you'll be able to move forward to a mini-grant application and planning your project!

I love that you're imagining a world in which a/gender does not affect how people view your competence. This is such a beautiful goal! And having workshops and awareness sessions definitely can help address a/gender bias. I'd encourage you to go deeper into the root causes (the "we will address" section). Why is it that a/gender bias exists? One thing we encourage everyone to do at this stage of the project is to deepen your understanding of the root cause of what's happening. When you've done that, you can then make your project even more effective! It can be very helpful to talk to people who directly experience the injustice, people who cause the injustice, and people who are also working to solve this problem. https://www.peacefirst.org/projects/test-project-3/dashboard/understand-injustice

I also would echo Kelsey's feedback of making sure to be inclusive of everyone who is affected by a/gender bias--that means thinking about perspectives of non-binary people as well as women (both cis and trans) and trans men. Let me know if you'd like some resources about what that could look like!!

So excited to watch this project unfold. Please let us know how we can support this important work!


Kelsey T.
6 March 2018 15:30

Hi Ariell! Thanks for doing this important work to promote gender equity! I think education and spreading awareness is a HUGELY important part of this process since this is an injustice that we can all contribute too -- even with the best intentions. I'm looking forward to hearing more about your project as it evolves! I'd encourage you as you continue your planning process to consider how to be as inclusive as possible as you create your project -- how can you involve people with diverse gender identities, including people who may be gender nonconforming and do not identify as either a man or woman. Here are some general resources on gender issues: https://www.peacefirst.org/injustices/gender

Our team will be providing you with some feedback on your insight soon that will help you get ready to apply for a mini-grant! You can also check out our project planning tools here:

Thanks for doing this important work!! Let us know how we can support you! :)