Understanding Culture Through Context


In honor of back-to-school season, we’ve curated some content for professionals and students alike to examine. These pieces summarize chapters from the Idea Book series and enhance our ability to build a future full of promise with a confident grip on culture.

1. The Rise of Women’s Soccer

From the Han Dynasty in China to Victorian Britain, soccer has been played all over the globe. However, it has been a long road for the women’s sport. In 1920, for example, a public match in Liverpool between two women’s soccer teams drew a crowd of over 50,000 people and led to the banning of women playing on the same field as men because the English Football Association was threatened by the magnitude of the match. Moments like this one provide context as we enter a new chapter. As of 2014, girls’ participation in soccer is up and women’s soccer teams are growing in popularity. Further, The U.S Women’s National Soccer Team is setting records for on-air viewership.

Read the full piece: IDEA BOOK SPRING 2017 (pg. 18–21). http://ideabook.aetncsg.com

Watch National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) on Lifetime

2. The Opioid Epidemic

The U.S is currently facing a national opioid crisis and the numbers around this epidemic are staggering. In 2016 alone, 11.5 million people misused prescription opioids and 116 people died daily from opioid-related drug overdoses. Understanding the nature and causes of addiction as well as the plight of those affected by addiction is imperative to creating effective solutions. An important resource for beginning this process is the A&E® Emmy® Award-winning show, Intervention®, which helps rebuild the lives of those who suffer from addiction and shines a light on the complexities of this issue.

Read the full piece: IDEA BOOK SPRING|SUMMER 2018 (pg. 16–21). http://ideabook.aetncsg.com

Watch Intervention on A&E

3. The Lives of Those With Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

As individuals with disabilities approach their-real world aspirations, they need and deserve to have societal support to achieve their goals. Familiarization with the accurate language around different disabilities, for example, plays a large role in this effort. With proper support, individuals who have disabilities can secure rewarding jobs, live on their own, become inspirational leaders and make lifelong friendships. The show Born This Way™ on A&E serves as a progressive educational aid in this effort by exploring the lives of those who have Down syndrome. By setting a framework for a better understanding of their experiences, Born This Way hopes to further support efforts.

Read the full piece: IDEA BOOK SPRING 2017 (pg. 2–9)

Watch Born This Way on A&E

4. The Forefront of Women’s Suffrage

In honor of the anniversary of suffrage, and in response to reform, it is appropriate to highlight the U.S. Treasury Department’s efforts to evolve our currency designs. This mission to feature suffragists — such as Harriet Tubman, Lucretia Mott, Sojourner Truth, Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Alice Paul — as subjects for new notes has gained momentum, serving as an opportunity to acknowledge the work of these revolutionary women in the foundation of America. HISTORY® has extensive published content exploring the accomplishments and contributions of these women, and is primed for exploration.

Read the full piece: IDEA BOOK SPRING 2017 (pg. 22–29)

Read More About Women’s Suffrage on HISTORY®