Yesterday I left the house and I met the neighbors. The mother came out first, pushing the baby carriage of her new baby. Behind her left her three-year-old daughter, also pushing a toy trolley with her baby doll inside. Then the father came out, taking the car keys out of his pocket. He was closely followed by his son, with his brand new toy car. The person who accompanied me to see them pass exclaimed: What a way to perpetuate gender roles!
And I kept thinking that yes, some studies indicate that part of the lack of women in positions of responsibility is due to gender roles that, although they are changing with society, somehow continue to act in our subconscious; the woman cares and the man takes care of getting, working, the car and the rest of family assets.
Princes and princesses
But I also thought that the solution is not so easy. What can we do? Do we stop making dolls and cars and we put our children to play with constructions? For a while, not much, society has accepted that girls play with cars and children, with dolls (although it is more rare). But, whatever we do, and I’ve seen it many times, many girls want to be princesses and play moms, regardless of the neutral gender education their parents wanted to give them.
Keep on reading in Spanish the entire article by Dr Celia de Anca, Center for Diversity Director, on The Conversation.