Her response to this question received a round of applause on Twitter
Teachers usually make copies of the same worksheets covering the same subject lessons for years and years; it’s pretty typical. But one little girl’s school worksheet posed a particularly outdated, sexist question — and her answer has been getting major applause on Twitter.
Here you have it, folks. Shot, chaser:
Nice answer! pic.twitter.com/0P6nk5nW7z
— Anne (@threecat101) October 12, 2017
At first, it seems like a fairly typical lesson in phonics. There’s a section at the bottom where students are required to write the word that best matches the definition, and the first definition is “hospital lady.” First of all, technically that can mean multiple things. Like, for instance, any human woman who works in a hospital.
Clearly this worksheet was looking for “nurse” or “candy striper.” And let me be perfectly clear: nurses are the shit. They are smart AF, usually kind when doctors may be more brusque, and handle all the dirty work 24/7. There is nothing but love here for nurses everywhere. It’s just the authors of this worksheet most likely weren’t looking for “doctor” or “Chief Operations Officer.” Hell, you could probably even throw in “stewardess” if you really wanted to.
So the little girl (who just happens to be the daughter of two surgeons) took matters into her own hands and clapped back with the appropriate, modern answer: surgeon.
Naturally, the Twitter reactions are priceless.
“Hospital lady” pic.twitter.com/4qsSAtiIrB— Vanessa Parody (@ohbellablog) October 11, 2017
And then we wonder who sets stereotypes and why some women don’t see themselves as capable as men or deserve equal pay. 🤷🏻♀️
And then we wonder who sets stereotypes and why some women don’t see themselves as capable as men or deserve equal pay. 🤷🏻♀️— Deborah Spratling (@DebsSpratling) October 12, 2017
The copyright date at the bottom shows 1997! Good grief, they haven't updated their worksheets in 20 years? For shame! (❤️ her answers tho!)
The copyright date at the bottom shows 1997! Good grief, they haven't updated their worksheets in 20 years? For shame! (❤️ her answers tho!)— Jemma Hill (@tottwriter) October 12, 2017
More power to your daughter! Go girl! Be anything you want to be xxx
More power to your daughter! Go girl! Be anything you want to be xxx— Wondering Woman (@Boo_Sherratt) October 11, 2017
This worksheet is a great example of sexist micgroaggressions at play. Sexism and misogyny are deeply ingrained in our society, and that is a damn difficult thing to undo. It’s especially disheartening when we see it in elementary schools — and something like this will undoubtedly garner a “so what, it’s an old worksheet, it’s no big deal” reaction from a lot of people.
But easily dismissed, hidden messages like this are what continue to invalidate the identity of women everywhere. It’s a good thing we’re raising a generation of young girls like this one.