When We Tell Her She’s Pretty

Women want men, careers, money, children, friends,

freedom, respect, love,

and three dollar pantyhose that won’t run.

Phyllis Diller

We don’t have TV, so the only time I see an ad is when I catch up on the latest episode of “Reign” with my daughter on CW.com.  She is thirteen soon and thinks she’s twenty.  She wants the right to roam and bike the streets alone like her much bigger and older brothers. She tests my resolve to mother through reason because she is certain she will know what to do in dire circumstances and that nothing bad can possibly happen in broad daylight.

I admit there is a very good chance  I will always be  more concerned for her safety even when she’s as old and tall as her brothers.  I also recognize the disparity with which we speak and treat  children of either sex as exemplified by this ad I love:

National Science Foundation cites the statistic that while 66 percent of 4th grade girls say they like science and math, only 18 percent of all college engineering majors are female. This powerful commercial is a partnership between Verizon and Makers, narrated by Girls Who Code founder, Reshma Saujani.  Girls Who Code provides free intensive summer programs to encourage girls in their sophomore or junior year in highschool to explore their love of technology and computer science.  Prior computer science experience is not required!

Click on “Leave a Comment” (above left) to share how you encourage equal opportunity among your children.

Sharon Birke

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Mountain
    Jun 27, 2014 @ 09:03:03

    My first thought as I opened PGP this week was “October Sky”, because of the rocket being built by the young people. That movie (true story) was about a boy with a dream and being discouraged by his father but encouraged by everyone else especially a teacher. The same goes for young girls, encourage them to be hands on when ever you can. We don’t always get enthusiastic by watching, we need to touch too. I admire the policy of the company where I work regarding hiring. We have a large laboratory and many of the technicians are young girls right out of collage. Their first actual hands on experience.They walk in with their lab coats, gloves and safety glasses ready to make a better product. One girl just recently left for her second opportunity, the LA County Sheriff’s Department as a forensic scientist.

    Sounds like you had better get on your bike and roam with your daughter, Sharky! 😉

    One of my favorite songs is by CSN&Y “Teach Your Children”



    • Sharon Birke
      Jun 28, 2014 @ 09:27:24

      Just blame it on the spell checker, Mountain–
      I love that “Teach Your Children” song, too!

      And how cool to work for an enlightened company with open doors for the young and inexperienced! Must be challenging for the male employees to be surrounded by such beautiful distractions… 😉


  2. Mountain
    Jun 28, 2014 @ 09:07:38

    Interesting how the mind works. I woke up this morning thinking; did I spell college correctly on Sharky’s blog?? Nope! Guess I should have gone!


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