When I was entering junior high school, I had a choice: Home Ec or Shop (which included welding). I chose Shop.
My guidance counselor, however, chose otherwise. “All the girls take Home Ec,” he said.
So like most young girls of the 70s I learned to sew a wrap-around skirt and make jello salad. Two skills I have never had the need for nor were they a pathway to a good career.
If I knew then what I know now, that Title IX means schools have to offer the same opportunities to boys and girls, and that learning to use power tools could have led to a decent career, I might have stood up for myself. I would have told that gruff old geezer of a counselor to stuff it.
What I know now is that it doesn’t have to be a choice. Brittany Kerr may have preferred welding rods to Barbies, but that’s not always the case. We’ve featured many women for the New Rosies column who like girly things, and like welding too.
Whatever your preference, check out this article, “Barbies? No! But Welding Rods? Yes! by Crystal Dey: Continue reading