Femme History: Jane Elliott


Jane Elliott

Internationally recognized diversity trainer, and educator Jane Elliott, is best known for her innovative techniques in addressing the nuanced experiences of minorities in America. With the development of the now famous social experiment, "Blue Eyes, Brown Eyes," she captured America’s attention. The experiment along with the majority of Elliott’s work focuses on exposing the prejudice and bigotry that plagues America. Her work in education seeks to demonstrate the harms of social privilege and the arbitrary nature of discrimination.

“In response to the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. over thirty years ago, Jane Elliott devised the controversial and startling, "Blue Eyes/Brown Eyes" exercise. This, now famous, exercise labels participants as inferior or superior based solely upon the color of their eyes and exposes them to the experience of being a minority. Everyone who is exposed to Jane Elliott's work, be it through a lecture, workshop, or video, is dramatically affected by it.” From www.JaneElliott.com

“We are still conditioning people in this country and, indeed, all over the globe to the myth of white superiority. We are constantly being told that we don't have racism in this country anymore, but most of the people who are saying that are white. White people think it isn't happening because it isn't happening to them.” - Jane Elliott

Women’s History Month 3.9.15 Jane Elliott