Is Gender Equality an Impossible Dream?

Anyone who has been following my parenting journey since Little Miss OMG arrived in her whirlwind of pink will know that Gender Stereotyping and media stereotyping feature regularly.

Although I’m not as terrified at having a daughter as I first was, Is Having A Daughter Still Making Me Say “OMG It’s A Girl?” I’m starting to realise that Gender Equality might be a bit like Tottenham winning a trophy.

We talk about it a lot, but will it ever really happen.

  • On the whole women are paid less than men, in executive positions!
  • In the workforce women are still passed over for advancement!
  • Boys are behind girls academically.
  • Take up of Paternity leave and shared Parental Leave is very low!
  • There is still the idea that there are boys and girls toys.
  • Certain jobs are still seen as being for men or women.

The list goes on and on.

A future truck driver?

Even in my house where I am trying to foster a gender equal atmosphere, outside influences have already had a gender bias effect.

The teen often tells Buddy to stop crying like a baby. He’s a sensitive soul. There’s nothing wrong with showing emotion.

Mrs OMG will say we can’t buy that toy for Little Miss OMG as it’s not right for a little girl to play with them.

I find this astonishing, especially as when she was younger her mother used to say her brother’s tea set was hers and she owned a Hurley and Sliother.

Even though there are many of us bringing our children up and pushing gender equality the media, ingrained beliefs handed down from generation to generation as well as society are all against us.

Most top chefs are men and yet in many, many households the women do most of the cooking.

What do you think? Will our generation live to see a level gender playing field or will it be business as usual?

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