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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