Like this woman who attended a girls' high school that offered classes in home economics and sewing, but none in woodworking or engineering.
Because only men ever have to use a hammer, you know.
And they don’t have to know how to do laundry, either.
Here's another parent who's experienced similarly sexist practices:
Again, offering a “makeover day” isn’t the problem here. It’s deciding for the students which activity they’d rather participate in rather than giving them a say in the matter that’s completely backward.
Callaghan allows that the school isn't trying to be malicious in its separate party policy.
But isn’t that almost worse?
It’s these examples of everyday sexism that shape kids’ (and adults’!) perceptions of the world and keep the outdated practices going into the future. Without parents like Callaghan to call out institutions participating in this everyday sexism, nothing changes, and the world is worse as a result.
After receiving an outpouring of support from Twitter, Callaghan wrote the following message:
He said that Ruby is getting to the age where she’s noticing that some people try to tell her what she can and can’t do based solely on her sex.
We’re better than that, right? We have to be.
Obviously, Ruby can do anything she wants to do — even if the thing she wants to do is typically reserved for boys only.
Because we’re living in the future, and there’s no place in the future for outdated sexism.
There are plenty of problems left to solve and we need all hands on deck. Girls’ hands included.