yea getting girls to do STEM fields is important but u know what else is important? that we stop devaluing feminized work like elderly and child care, support work, social work, teaching, etc. pls stop acting like STEM fields are the final frontier for women
Hm. Well I think it’s about proportional response. I don’t think that women who choose to do feminized work run into institutional opposition. They are, if anything, constantly encouraged by our culture to pursue that work.
If we choose to give more encouragement to those girls who show interest or aptitude in fields where they are more likely to suffer from institutional opposition, then all we are doing is counteracting a poison that girls who decide to be nurses don’t have to deal with. And if women running day cares don’t feel valued, I’m genuinely very sorry to hear that, as they have the full weight of cultural approval backing them. Supporting girls in STEM fields does not devalue the other. The other is simply already well-supported.
Positioning it as a conflict between one ambition versus another, or acting as though women who do traditionally feminized work are not feminists, for example, is pitting women against women, and I am deeply opposed to that.