Last night, my four-year-old son said to me: “Girls can’t be bosses”!
I was rather shocked, where did this view come from?
So, this International Women’s Day, I’ll be celebrating heavily.
I have two boys and I have a duty to let them grow into men who see women as equals and not their inferiors
I felt I was doing this already to be honest – I go to work, they see me on TV at times, they see me taking control and living pretty much independently. My husband and I are equal when it comes to managing the household in every way.
They are surrounded by powerful women; their school head teachers are women, the Prime Minister is a woman, the book of their favourite film was written by… a woman (JK Rowling), the queen is a woman – come on boys, what more do you need?
So this week, I’ve started telling them my stories. Every week they will learn about a powerful woman and how she got there! (in a fun way of course).
They’ll know comments like “ don’t cry like a girl” or “that’s a girls’ job” are wrong and should never be used.
I’m on a mission to kill the stereotype that my son has developed so young.
So watch out world, two handsome smart boys will be unleashed into the big wide world in a few years time.
Ps. All tips and advice welcome… and wish me luck. When we live in society where stereotypes still exist, it’s up to us to step up and make the change and inspire the generations behind us.
Happy International Women’s day!