Rebecca is mother to a 3 year old son and through watching him develop started to question whether gender roles were innate or learned from societal pressures. Why did her son prefer trains and building blocks to dolls? Was it ok if he wore pink nail varnish and wanted to wear the princess costume at dressing up time? She is fed up of walking into toy stores to see wall-to-wall pink and blue and is worried about the messages that ‘girls’ toys are giving young women as they grow up. Boys can be police officers, soldiers, engineers but girls can only aspire to be princesses and housewives. She wants her son to learn how to be caring and nurturing as well as strong.
Rebecca has a passion for raising girls’ aspirations into science and engineering careers and seeing beyond traditional roles. She wants to work on the gender respect project to help girls become assertive and confident and to tackle gender injustice across the world.
Rebecca is head of PSHCE at an inner city secondary school. The school has approximately 50% of students from ethnic minorities and a large number of students speak English as an additional language. She is interested to see the difference in attitudes towards gender between different cultures.
To read Rebecca’s blog, click HERE.