An Upstander for Women

By Rachel Adams-Kaplan, kindergarten teacher

As part of our kindergarten social emotional curriculum, we have been talking about what it means to be an upstander, a person who recognizes when something is wrong and acts to make it right. We talked about Martin Luther King, Jr. and Ruby Bridges as upstanders.

One of our students proudly reminded us that her grandmother, Betty Friedan, was a famous upstander for women. This week we were lucky to have Betty’s son (and kindergarten dad!) Jonathan Friedan come in to share some of her important work and some personal memories with us. One of our students sincerely asked, “What she did is so brave, but is there more in the world that needs to be changed?”  Yes, yes there is. And we hope that these kids will be the upstanders who will make those changes happen.