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Re: [humanism-174] Science and Theories

From: Becky V.
Sent on: Friday, August 10, 2007 2:11 AM

Why aren't there more women lawyers, doctors, politicians, and scientists? Is your answer that women simply don't work hard enough? I think the answer is more closely related to societal roles for women and how girls are raised. If you ask a little girl what she wants to be when she grows up, chances are she'll pick an acceptable female role because of where she has seen women. A teacher, a mommy, a ballerina, so on and so forth.

If you look at college classes with the sciences and business, you'll notice fewer and fewer women. Why? Because we don't like the work? Or maybe some women have fallen into another expected role, that of a mother. Once a woman becomes a mother, her career opportunities become a lot more limited. I've even heard a former employer say he didn't want to hire a young woman because she might get pregnant. Coming back to the workforce after raising children is tremendously difficult, but it's the women who are expected to do the childrearing. Men generally don't have this burden. They don't need to leave work to give birth, to heal, to care for the baby until it's old enough to be put into day care, which isn't that great an option either.

There's a ton of reasons why. And no, it's not all men's fault. But it's not all women's fault either.


----- Original Message ----
From: Maude <[address removed]>
To: [address removed]
Sent: Friday, August 10,[masked]:01:36 AM
Subject: Re: [humanism-174] Science and Theories

Very good point. I agree. I have never been much of a feminist let alone a feminazi. I always was paid equal to or more than men or WOMEN in my office based on my degree, experience, etc so I didn't have much call to be a feminist. Also, I always thought it quite cute and likeable when men held a door open for me and still do, and men still always hold doors open for me, thank goodness!!!!
I could never quite process about these hard core feminists who would get on a pedestal in Public Square and go on and on and on about how there were so many more male doctors, lawyers, and CEOs. I would see that on the news or run into these people once in a while and my view hasn't changed since I was a teen in the 70s-prime feminist breeding decade. And my reaction was then and still is:
"Ok, well then shut up and quit whining about it and go to law school or med school or business school and be a lawyer or doctor or CEO!!!!!!" Why are you blaming anyone else? Why are you blaming men or society for your failure to make something of yourself?"

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