There is still a gender gap in today’s modern society and unless we keep talking about it nothing will change. Men still earn more than women, this currently stands at an 18% pay gap and men still have more career opportunities than women just look at the number of CEO’s in business for an example.
As a teacher and mother I want equality for all my children, things have got better (undoubtedly) but I class myself as a liberal feminist and can see that work still needs to be done. Likewise as a teacher I believe that most of the career advice given in secondary schools is woefully inadequate. I have sat through many a careers day only to watch the gender stereotypes being played out, vocational education at school is much the same with girls still being channelled into Health and social care and boys into construction.
Yet if you ask business and commerce they will all tell you that we in the UK are facing a shortage in Engineering. Engineering and the STEM subjects are crying out for good quality graduates yet schools do not seem to be addressing this enough.
As a mum I want all three of my children to have successful careers in areas they have chosen. My eldest at fifteen has no real idea of what path she wants to take and who can blame her. Fifteen seems so young to be making career selection, goodness I am 38 and still not sure what I want to be when I grow up! We are also living in a society now where it is much more common to have more than one career. Take myself I have had one career as a teacher who was Head of Department and whilst the door of the classroom is not firmly shut for me I am certainly reconsidering my next move. I have my blogs and write for others – I am not sure if that qualifies me as a writer but I can’t keep referring to myself as a teacher (I still tutor and exam mark so maybe I can).
When I was musing these thoughts in tweets I was contacted by Lisa who is the author of a series of books called Tara Binns. Tara has a daughter and was looking for inspirational books to read to her daughter on women having exciting and challenging careers. The type of story that I too want to read to Erin (chloe maybe a bit too old for me reading to her now) and girls that age in the classroom. After failing to find what she was looking for Lisa decided to write her own and Tara Binns was born.
I have read the book to Erin who loves the story of Tara putting on a costume and finding herself transported to a world where she is flying a jumbo jet and having adventures with an old pirate treasure map. This will inspire our girls to aim high and not just accept the status quo.
We have come along way in the search for equality and whilst we have made great progress there is still more to be done. It is our role as parents to encourage both genders to aim high and I love these books for doing just that.
What’s more Lisa has kindly given me three copies of the book to giveaway. To enter just use the rafflecopter below. Closing date is April 30th at midnight.