My physician recently related a story to me about a little girl who questioned her mother in her pediatrician’s office. The little girls mother and aunt also were physician. While waiting for her female pediatrician, the little girl asked, “Mommy can boys be doctors?”
When my physician’s son saw a woman umpire during his brother’s little league base ball game, he asked his mother, “Can girls really be umpires?” His mother told him, “Of course, woman can be anything they want to be!”
In 1967, when my husband graduated Northwestern University Law there were only 3 young women in his graduating class. Today, nearly half of all law school graduates and 45% of all associates are women.
When I graduated college in 1966, women only considered getting degrees in education, dental hygiene, speech pathology, nursing, or at a secretarial school.
Both of the children’s questions reminded me how roles have been reversed and a wide range of opportunities and occupations have been opened to women. Yes, women still need to be compensated and attain leadership roles on a more equal level with men!
Woman continue to serve in more Yellow Brain Care Taking and Blue Brain Nurturing roles and occupations. However, it is encouraging to know there are more women in the Green Brain Problem Solving and Orange Brain Entrepreneurial roles and occupations.
I delighted in both children’s questions and perspectives, and knowing that Country Western star, Loretta Lynn’s 1978 song and musical album “We’ve Come a Long Way Baby” rings true today, as women continue to move forward and upward in their roles and occupations!
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