chapter  28
Gender Equity for People with Disabilities
ByDonna Mertens, Amy Wilson, Judith Mounty
Pages 22

The struggle for disability rights by men and women with disabilities and their advocates shares an extensive overlap with the rights sought under the feminist banner. Disability and feminist theorists have similar goals in that both are concerned with the elimination of the exploitation and oppression of their respective constituencies (Watson et al., 2004). Specifically, females with and without disabilities have less access to appropriate educational resources and evince poorer educational and employmentrelated outcomes than do their male peers. Thus, Wehmeyer and Rousso and (2001) concluded that disparities on these indicators support the idea that girls and women with disabilities are in a state of double jeopardy. The combination of stereotypes about women and stereotypes about people with disabilities leads to double discrimination that is reflected in the home, school, workplace, and the larger society.