Hernandez IB student advocates for gender equality

hernandezAs part of her eighth-grade International Baccalaureate (IB) project, Trinity Henderson decided to educate her classmates about gender inequality. She became interested in the topic after facing obstacles when trying out for the football team.

“The reason I decided to do this project is because gender equality matters,” Trinity said. “I didn’t realize that until I wanted to be on the football team.”

Henderson, an eighth-grade student at Hernandez, is the sister to five brothers and became interested in football when one of her older brothers played for a league outside of school.

“My mom said the closest I would get to playing football was to become a cheerleader,” Trinity said. “That wasn’t good enough for me, so I kept trying.”

Trinity did make the football team and plays starting defensive back at Hernandez. She said it is tough at times because other students, boys and girls alike, say football is a “boys only” sport.

Trinity presented to more than 250 of her peers during the campus’ IB Project Day. She educated her classmates about Title IX, which assures equality for both genders as part of the US Education Amendment of 1972.

“I didn’t know that people were treated differently until I decided to play football,” Trinity said. “When doing my research, I found out that it’s been a problem for a long time. I feel like it’s up to us to solve it.”

The International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme is a is a non-profit educational foundation, motivated by its mission, focused on the student. The four programmes for students aged 3 to 19 help develop the intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills to live, learn and work in a rapidly globalizing world, according to the organization.

Coach Karen Huffman, Trinity’s athletics coach, counseled Trinity before she tried out.
Huffman said Trinity is a role model and a mentor and her work has opened the eyes of other girls on campus.

“I am proud of Trinity for taking a stand, “ Huffman said. “She is a strong young lady who makes no excuses.”