When Superheroes Ruled

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A group of 5 year old girls told me they can’t be doctors. They would have to be nurses instead if they wanted to work in a hospital. When I questioned this, they said there are jobs for boys and different ones for girls. Even after reminding them that my female friend is a doctor (they’ve met her); they still couldn’t grasp that those opportunities are there for them. Those children didn’t always think like this. A year or so before, they believed they could be anything they wanted to be. Why are our young children conditioned to think in this way? Boys also have similar issues with gender inequality, however as it’s ‘International Day of the Girl’ I’ve written this poem:

When Superheroes Ruled

You were drawn to shades of blue

Loved the ocean and the sky.

Many plans for when you grew –

opportunities you would try.

 

Pink’s now your favourite shade,

not as bold as vibrant red.

Mums and princesses now played –

dreams of making home instead.

 

Superheroes ruled the roost,

battles fought and peace restored.

Fighting power’s now reduced –

Princess Anna’s now adored.

 

Forthright and full of spark,

always first to say your piece.

Now less keen to make your mark –

I watch your confidence decrease.

 

Brilliant doctor you would be,

boundless limits there for you.

You’ve lost ability to see

girls like you can do it too.

 

Superpower’s not so strong –

future vision’s lost its way.

Originality has now gone –

wish your doubts would fly away.

 

International Day of the Girl is an initiative started by the UN to promote the rights of girls across the globe. Statistics are sobering. Here a few:

  •  More females are aborted than males
  • Twice as many girls as boys will never start school
  • Millions of girls are at risk of FGM (Female Genital Mutilation)
  • One in three girls in developing countries, excluding China, is forced to marry before she turns 18.
  • One in seven girls are married before the age of 15.
  • In some countries, girls are forced to sleep outdoors during their period
  • As a girl, you’re at greater risk of HIV than boys
  • Worldwide, the biggest killer of girls aged 15-19 is suicide
  • Maternal death is the second biggest killer in girls aged 15-19
  • If a girl makes it through all of this and manages to start a career, she’s likely to earn less than her male colleagues
  • Currently it will take 100 years to end inequality between boys and girls. World leaders have promised an end to it by 2030.  That’s 14 years from now. We’ll see.

Sources: The Guardian and The Metro

Living in the UK, the majority of girls have an easier start in life, although female abortion, forced marriage and FGM sadly still take place.  The issues many young girls here face, may be classed as minuscule in comparison to those in other places in the world.  I still feel they are important and need to be addressed.  I’ve watched little girls go from strong independent characters, to shy children unsure of who they are. I hope things have turned around for the better by 2030.

13 thoughts on “When Superheroes Ruled

  1. Religion is the cause of the suffering girls and women endure throughout the world. As long as we promote horrible books as sources of morality, we will never have a world where women are equal to men. (In case it is not obvious, I am referring to the Bible and the Koran specifically.)

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  2. It’s great you’re bringing awareness to this issue. Love the poem 🙂 This is such a crucial topic & an important issue that needs to be addressed.

    And only because the topic is about girls, am I mentioning that this was partially the reason that inspired me to write a children’s book, “Beautiful Girl.” It tells every girl how special she is & the sky is the limit! So, I hope you don’t mind Beth, per I’m not trying to promote myself, I’m more concerned about getting the message out to these girls.

    S0, in case you & others may be interested in gifting a young girl with one, you can click my sidebar on my blog page to see my books, or visit Amazon directly, http://amzn.to/24NhCzI 🙂

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  3. I don’t think it’s quite that bad here yet. Girls are pretty much going into any field they want. BUT, what I do see is that many of those girls still struggle with body image. I think a large part of the blame for that can be placed squarely on the shoulders of the media. We used to have family TV nights with the kids when they were in elementary and junior high school. One of the things we went out of our way to do was ask them how any commercials that came on might be using sex to sell the product. It led to some great discussions. We’ve got two kids with great self-esteem, though Bran’s a little shy. 🙂

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  4. Hi again! This is such an important issue to highlight. Kudos to you. I wrote something similar in my last post. It was about gender inequality. We thought we achieved it all and 2016 was more progressive than ever. But sadly, there’s so much more reform left to happen! And the need for the hour is to spread the word. Great job. I really liked the poem 🙂

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