Classroom decoration that emphasizes gender equality


Strengthen children’s (especially girls’) self-esteem and self-confidence ;
Deconstruct gender stereotypes.
Classroom decoration that emphasizes gender equality

Brief description of the issue

At the beginning of elementary school, young girls already have a low self-esteem and they underestimate their abilities. As for boys of the same age, they are able to find more synonyms than girls to anger, but not to other emotions. In children’s literature, male role models are often strong characters who don’t cry. These gender stereotypes within which we confine boys and girls can have a long-lasting impact on children, among these, a higher school dropout rate.

To reinforce the idea that boys and girls are equal and have the same opportunities within an elementary classroom, a UK researcher created posters with positive and equality-focused messages and asked students from a first-grade group to decorate their classroom with the posters. Four weeks later, after a few other interventions aiming at breaking down gender stereotypes with students, he saw an increase in boys’ empathy and girls’ self-confidence and self-esteem (BBC, 2018). You can download the posters below to print them and decorate your classroom, or invite students to create the posters themselves.

Click on the links below to download them!


Girls are clever
File size: 40 KB (image/png)
Boys are clever
File size: 43 KB (image/png)
Boys are caring
File size: 119 KB (image/jpeg)
Girls are caring
File size: 115 KB (image/jpeg)
You can do it
File size: 108 KB (image/jpeg)
Boys are sensitive
File size: 126 KB (image/jpeg)
Girls are sensitive
File size: 124 KB (image/jpeg)
Boys are strong
File size: 123 KB (image/jpeg)
Girls are strong
File size: 120 KB (image/jpeg)
Boys are funny
File size: 67 KB (image/jpeg)
Girls are funny
File size: 114 KB (image/jpeg)
Boys are creative
File size: 123 KB (image/jpeg)
Girls are creative
File size: 32 KB (image/png)
Believe in yourself.
File size: 123 KB (image/jpeg)

The author and illustrator Élise Gravel also has many posters that you can print for free and that promote equality, breaking down stereotypes and acceptance of diversity.


BBC (2018). No More Boys And Girls: Can Our Kids Go Gender Free?, Outline Productions, accessible at: