Reply To: Module 2 – Gender

Padraic Waldron

In my 6th class, I observed a scenario where during a career discussion, girls expressed their ambitions to pursue traditionally male-dominated careers, such as engineering or computer science, but faced remarks like “Those are boys’ jobs.” On the other hand, boys were discouraged from considering careers like teaching because they were labeled as “girls’ jobs.”

This scenario shows the harmful impact of gender stereotypes on students’ career aspirations. When children are limited by societal expectations and told that certain professions are only suitable for one gender, it hinders their potential and highlights gender inequality. Open discussions about career stereotypes and real-life examples of people going against these stereotypes will help shift this notion that jobs can be categorized into ‘male’ and ‘female’

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