She: Mom,when I grow up I want to really learn how our car is made. And after learning,I will build a really great car that will make everyone want it.
Mother:Learning to build a car is very difficult and sweetie,it’s not at all for girls.You should learn to cook cakes,cookies and other delicious food. That will make everyone really happy and want your food.
We’re living in 21st century and yet,women taking technical jobs is still dissented by the society. Although,women empowerment has been one of the most marked moments this century and a large number of women are getting their rights to education,yet according to a survey,of all the working women in the world,only a smattering of them are involved in technical jobs/fields. For instance,In India itself,where a large part of the society wants to pursue engineering, only 8 percent of women give the entrance examination and out of these only 6 percent actually take admission in one such college.
What is the reason for such a low number. It’s not like we’re just comparing boys to girls here,but also women to other women.On asking this question from a number of people,we get answers like “women lack passion for technology”,”technology is something cannot be understood by women”,“they lack the know-how”,”women and machines can never go together”. These stereotypical thoughts have rather become accepted social norms. Or rather these are the reasons people come up with to hide the fact that they want women to be more focused on family rather than science.
Due to all these obstructions,various steps are undertaken by the government and people all over the world to indulge more women into the technical fields. Some of these include lowering the fee for girls for engineering entrance examinations,opening up all girls college engineering college for example, Indira Gandhi Delhi Technical University. Then there’s another world-wide moment “Lean In” initiated by Sheryl Sandberg,COO of Facebook that encourages all women in the world to follow their dreams without letting anyone telling them “No,you can’t do this.”
I think,as part of the society all we need to do is just support whatever a woman really wants to achieve in her life without deliberately creating obstruction in their paths. And it just doesn’t apply to the women,but to every person in the society who wants to follow his/her passion.