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Math isn't just for boys: Changing the gender narrative with animation | Jen Oxley | TEDxMidAtlantic

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Published on Oct 20, 2014

This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Research shows that children express the stereotype that "math is for boys, not for girls" as early as second grade, and girls are less likely than boys to pursue math in higher education or careers. We need to change that, and Jen Oxley is using her animated TV show to start changing the narrative. She created Peg+Cat, a show with a strong female lead centered around math, but targeted at both girls and boys.

Jennifer Oxley was born in Hollywood, California and caught the filmmaking bug early – she made her first film at the age of seven. Since then she has directed fifteen short films for Sesame Street, as well as the award-winning adaptation of Spike Lee and Tanya Lewis Lee’s children’s book, Please, Baby, Please. Her latest film, The Music Box, was acquired by The Museum of Modern Art for their permanent children’s film collection.

About TEDx, x = independently organized event In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)

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