Essay on Gender Roles : What Are We Teaching Our Daughters?

1157 Words Nov 21st, 2016 5 Pages
Gender roles: What are we teaching our daughters?
Have you ever watched a little girl play house? Even as young as pre school age, girls are well aware that she is the one staying home taking care of the baby while the husband goes to work. She cooks and cleans and has dinner ready when the husband returns from work. Gender stereotyping begins the second a babys gender is found out. As soon as we find out that it’s a girl, we immediately begin decorating the nursery filled with pink décor surrounded by butterflies, flowers and bumble bees. We assume that our little girl will love dresses be extra girly and have her room filled with tea sets and dolls. Could it be that we setting our daughters up and teaching them how to be the stereotypical women? Are we teaching our girls to wear dresses, serve food and take care of babies which is one of the biggest most common stereotype put on women?
Amy Joyce from the Washington post talks about just that in her article: Are you holding your own daughter back? She adds 5 ways to raise girls to be leaders. In the article Joyce talks about how society if it’s unwittingly are biases against girls and women as leaders. New research from Harvard Graduate School of Education shows that 23 percent of girls and 40 percent of boys preferred male political leaders instead of female, while only 8 percent of girls and 4 percent of boys preferred male business leaders to female. On the school age level even mothers and girls were more likely to…

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