Gender Equality as Told by a Sixteen-Year-Old Girl

Gender Equality as Told by a Sixteen-Year-Old Girl

By, Donna Diederich, HR Leader

As we introduce this topic for our theme of the month, I thought it would be interesting to hear about gender equality from a 16-year-old high school junior, Bridget from Virginia.  I asked her a series of questions and her answers were very interesting.   It really gives us all something to think about.

Q:  What does gender equality mean to you?
A:   Bridget simply said “Respect”.   That’s what it’s all about, once you have respect, then everything else follows.

Q:  Do we have equality today?   
A:  In some places, I believe we do.   We still don’t have it in the workplace with regards to equal pay.  It really isn’t a big deal in high school, in my opinion, I find that in many cases girls are more mature and excel in the class room.   But in sports, it is still male dominated.   As an example, the football game still draws triple the crowds than the girls’ softball team does... and it even won states!

Q:  Do you think you will see full gender equality in your lifetime?
A:  Bridget thought about this one for a while.   She said, “I hope so”.  “The more we have women breakthrough the barriers, the easier it is for others to follow”.   “Some that stand out for me are:

Simone Askew marched into history recently as the first black woman to lead the Long Gray Line at the U.S. Military Academy.   After an early-morning 12-mile march back to the Gray Stone academic complex with 1,200 new cadets, she led through the rigors of basic training at "Beast Barracks".  The 20-year-old international history major from Fairfax, Virginia, assumed duties as first captain of the 4,400-member Corps of Cadets. That's the highest position in the cadet chain of command at West Point and it is led by a girl!

Hillary Clinton becomes first female presidential nominee of a major party.
On July 26, 2016, the former first lady, U.S. senator and secretary of state was officially nominated as the Democratic nominee, becoming the first woman from a major party to achieve that feat.

Janet Guthrie is the first woman to drive in the Indy 500.
Guthrie was an aerospace engineer, training to be an astronaut when she was cut from the space program because she didn’t have her PhD. She turned to car racing instead and became the first woman to qualify for the Daytona 500 and the Indianapolis 500. Mechanical difficulties forced her out of the 1977 Indy race, but the next year she finished in ninth place (with a broken wrist!). The helmet and suit that Guthrie wore in her first Indy race are on display in the Smithsonian Institution in 
Washington D.C.

In closing, Bridget believes that soon there won’t be stereotypes in the workplace and it will be natural for a woman to be leading a business as CEO. Maybe one day it will go so far as to have men concerned about their equality?





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