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Battling gender stereotypes outside the home


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Ramya G. is an Editor at ParentEdge. Her interactions with her two children reaffirm her belief that growing children have infinite potential. Her interest in nurturing young intellects is rivalled only by her love for writing.


3 thoughts on “Battling gender stereotypes outside the home

  1. Kritika Srinivasan

    Ramya – good post. I think stereotypes do exist with girls as well, but they come into play when they are older. “You’re a girl – you can’t stay out late at night”, “You’re a girl – family should come first”, “You’re a woman – being a mother is more important.” And don’t even get me started on all the stereotypes out there on the ideal mother – even in a changing world where women are more independent and successful, the mother is still worhsipped (read typecast) as self-sacrificing, whose whole world revolves around, and rightly so, her child. And what about all the stereotypes around working mothers, and stay-at-home mothers, and part-time mothers, and….?

    Anyway, I dont mean to make this my personal rant – just wanted to point out that stereotypes do exist. I guess as parents its upto us to tell our children that these exist, they will face stereotyping and its up to them to decide how they will deal with it – “I don’t care what other think, they don’t think my way” or “I live in society, I must conform”. And I think both routes are okay to take – whatever makes our kids and us happy!

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  2. Meera

    nice post. It will take a lot to break the stereo types but we must begin somewhere — very impressed with yours son’s reply :-)

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