Thursday, 5 December 2019

Breaking the feminine stereotypes

Supporting girls to reach their full potential

Are you a girl and scared of fulfilling your full potential? Are you afraid to follow your dreams? Do you dream of being something that your family would not approve of? Do you want to break the norms in your household and become the next ‘best’ engineer, pilot, scientist, technologist, mathematician or something which isn’t considered a ‘girly’ occupation? Well, this post is for you so keep on reading!
You’ve probably heard the labels and comments such as: 

1. “Girls can’t drive”
2. “Girls should be banned from driving”
3. “Girls aren’t strong enough to be __”
4. “Girls can’t handle __”
5. “Women should only be able to be a __”
6. “Women are only good in the kitchen”

These are just six examples I’ve come across but I’m sure you’ll be surrounded by similar comments. But why? Why can only boys become an engineer or a scientist? What makes girls and boys different? The truth is… it’s the mindset of your own culture!

Most of you can agree with me when I say that our grandfathers and ancestors had a different upbringing. They grew up with almost no technology. Our grandmothers had one role which was to take care of the family, whilst grandfathers went out to work. After World War II, females went out to work and provide for their families, whilst men were at war. Now, a lot has changed since then. But, most of our mindsets are still the same. We expect boys to be an engineer and girls to raise a family. But, that needs to change. If a girl has a dream of being a scientist, then she should be allowed to follow her dreams! She’s just as capable as boys.

You can do anything you want! You can change your life and change the future! If you want to become an engineer, then do it. Yes, it won’t be easy, but you have the support around you. Here are some ways to be who you want to be without feeling afraid of judgement. 

1. Make your parents and family understand – make them realise how you feel and that you want their support.
2. Make a movement or start a petition. 
3. Find the support around you – there is a lot of support and opportunities that will help you. You just need to find them. 
4. Project your voice! – Challenge others who don’t accept this view! 
5. Gather with those who support this view – social media is a powerful thing when it’s used correctly. Create a blog, social media accounts, get in touch with those already out there supporting girls, and change the world one movement at a time. 
6. Don’t be afraid – Go out there and conquer the world! You can make the change so don’t be afraid. 

The last thing I’m going to say is that growing up, girls used to bully other girls. They didn’t want to see any girl be better than them or to have more success. This still happens in many schools, workplaces, and especially online. This should not be the case still. We should support one another. We need to have more of a unity between girls, so we can overcome the stereotypes. Girls should complement others, be happy for those doing well and realise that your time to shine will come. 

Instead of tearing each other down, let’s build one another up! 

Let me know your thoughts on this topic by commenting below. 

Thank you for reading!
Until next time, take care, and keep smiling.
Ramshaa Rose

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