Exploring Gender Myths
Sex is defined by the biological difference between men and women and is usually assigned at birth. Gender is defined by the socio-cultural roles assigned to men and women, and is determined by society through various socializing agencies, such as families, peers, schools and religious institutions. Gender roles can and do change over time and across cultures. Women and men learn to behave and work in certain socially prescribed ways that reflect cultural norms and customs. Raising awareness about gender myths and their impact on men and women can help extension providers to challenge some of these stereotypes and offer more equitable access to and control over resources and information.