Why? Because you’re a girl!
I was having lunch with my female colleague and my supervisor one day at work when our conversation led to Gender equality. I was surprised…wait no…astonished when my female colleague said that we, as women will never have equality and equal opportunities and we should just give up. They both shared this belief which shook me to the core.
I grew up in a better era than my parents and grandparents regarding gender equality. I am lucky to have parents who are open minded about education and gender equality. But I wasn’t immune from hearing the words “Because you are a girl” to justify me having to conform to social norms like doing house work to having to miss out on opportunities because I was born with two XX chromosomes. I’ve heard those words from throughout my childhood, my teenage years and\ even from professors at my university.
What’s even sadder is that it is worse in the rural areas. Girls are still being denied their right to education, forced to only engage in housework and child care and are exposed to practices like Female genital mutilation and so on.
Knowing all this, I refuse to give up! I pledge to face the metaphorical bull which is adversity and do everything in my power to ensure we leave a better world for my daughters and granddaughters and never give up! What about you?