How do we lose gender biases in reality?
In reality, many women sacrifice their ambitions knowingly and unknowingly from childhood e.g. when boys are given preference in the education system either due to societal discrimination or poverty. Before a woman knows it, she has fallen short of advancement in fields she would have otherwise thrived in with an equal start to her male counterparts leaving her eventually at the mercy of women empowerment campaigns.
Starting a family, which is the back bone of humanity, either as a single parent or married, also more often than not stagnates women’s progress compared to men bringing in the dilemma of either advancing in self vs. nurturing the family.
Women drop off from self advancement programmes e.g. university pregnancy drop outs, while men responsible for these tend to move on growing the education gap further.
In marriage women tend to give up careers to nurture families while men grow them as society expects them to be bread winners.
How do we get to building more cohesive families where males and female members pitch in everything e.g. cooking and babysitting to allow for bold capable women to step out in their light especially in STEM fields that need time out of the house setting to progress.
I think more men should raise their voices as those on EW forum do to begin this bias elimination so that we have more men really advocating for the girl child’s inclusion in STEM as well as cohesion in the home and community settings to help change society’s perspective.
How do we ensure women lose the fear of losing their womanhood while progressing in STEM?