It’s almost 2018, 97 years after the 19th amendment granted women the right to vote in United States, but believe it or not gender equality is still an issue women are fighting for every day.
Unfortunately, sexism is still very prevalent in our society and though it may go unnoticed, it is also alive and well in our schools. We see examples of it through textbooks and assignments, school officials that slut-shame female students, and ridiculous dress codes that punish girls for the way they dress in front of boys.
One parent had enough of this behavior at their child’s school, and decided to address the issue. Stephen Callaghan recently wrote a letter to the school his daughter, Ruby, attends after she came home one day and seemed to have stepped out of a time machine.
Ruby, who is 12-years-old, had been looking forward to her class’s end-of-year activities all semester long, but when the time finally came, she was told that the girls will be going to the school library to get their hair and makeup done. As for the the boys, they will get to embark on a field trip to a participate in a DIY workshop at Bunnings, a hardware store in Australia.
Both Ruby and Callaghan were disappointed to learn about the school’s decision, so the appalled father took to social media to speak his mind.
“Sigh. Will things ever change? My daughter wants to be an engineer. She doesn’t give a rat’s arse about make-up,” he wrote on Twitter.
Callaghan also penned a hilariously snarky, but honest letter to the school calling them out for being sexist.