Women, someone once told me, were soft because it was their nature. Women, this person said, were best dealing with the soft things like babies and flowers. Women excelled at things like cooking and decorating. Where women would always fail, this person told me, was in the political arena or higher education. Any place that required hardness and manipulation would be a place of failure for women.
No I’m not old enough for this to be a statement when women were first fighting to be seen as equals. Notice I said first fighting because although we have come a long way, we aren’t there yet. We aren’t equals exactly. Women do not equally match the number of male CEOs for example. Women do not come equal to the number of professors in the halls of higher learning, and it becomes more noticeable in certain fields of study.
The thing is, women can excel at soft things and they can excel in politics and academics. Women can be whatever they want if they are given the same education, mentoring and such as their male counterparts. And please remember how much longer men have been in these fields.
The truth is, anyone, when provided with the education, support, mentoring and opportunities to grow and learn can excel regardless of gender. So why are we so stuck on these odd divisions still? Why aren’t we ignoring that all and instead just helping another fellow human out when that person needs it?