First, my updates:
1. No new boxes to mark off on my rejection bingo sheet
2. I’m back in the query trenches
3. My play Hot Fudge Pickles (adapted from Marilyn D. Anderson’s book of the same title) is being produced! Royalties have trickled into my Paypal account, but honestly, I didn’t do it for the pennies. I’m just excited someone’s putting the play on!
Second, I want to share a picture book biography that I love, even if I don’t agree with everything in it.
In it, the reader learns all about Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and the amazing achievements in women’s rights she helped happen.
I love the message of this book – that you can do anything you put your mind to, regardless of your race, gender, or socioeconomic status.
That means that you – yes YOU – can achieve your goals, no matter how crazy they are. (and if you need some support, I happen to know of a great blog hop – wink wink – that can help you!)
And after reading I Dissent, I have a higher respect for Ruth Bader Ginsburg, whom I held a secret prejudice toward. I generally have a prejudice against both parents working outside the home, but this book gives the impression that Ruth and her husband were acutely aware of the needs of a household and worked together to make sure those needs were met.
BUT, there’s a very small implication in this book that I don’t entirely buy into.
At the risk of showing my age, I grew up in an era where woman were finally becoming accepted in the workforce. Where girls could dream of literally any career – even President of the United States!*
I was accepted into college without any question whether my gender would hold me back. And I wasn’t looked down upon in college when I took Trigonometry, Astronomy, Physics, or Computer Science. No one batted an eye or told me I couldn’t do it because I was girl – quite the opposite!
In every math and science class I was met with praise, encouragement and (dare I say it?) pressure to continue in that field.
Because I happened to be good at it.
So, here’s a girl who is excellent at math and science, and who loves it to boot (I really do!), so why wouldn’t she want to pursue a STEM career? After all, we need more girls in STEM, right?
I’m not so sure that’s true.
Yes, we need more girls to have that option of a STEM career. And, yes, any girl who wants to go into that should be allowed and encouraged.
But what about girls like me?
Call me crazy (and many have), but I didn’t want to be an astrophysicist. Or a computer programmer, or a nuclear engineer. I could have chosen any of those, and enjoyed it OK, but I just didn’t want it.
I wanted to be a homemaker. Or maybe a writer. Or an editor of textbooks. Ooh, or maybe an acquisitions editor (oh, my those slush piles look fun to swim in. Yep, I’m crazy)! So I took classes that I knew would make me marketable in those careers – science and math courses so I could edit textbooks in a variety of subjects. And writing courses so I could write. (There didn’t seem to be any courses offered to become a homemaker, so I’d have to figure that career out the hard way.)
So, that’s why stats like this make my lips purse:
“Ruth’s law school class had a total of nine women--and five hundred men.” ~ from I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark by Debbie Levy and Elizabeth Baddeley
This stat has me thinking:
Well, what if 500 women had the option of becoming lawyers, but only 9 really wanted to pursue that career path? Would that be such a bad thing? To be honest, I probably could have become a lawyer myself – it was just a matter of taking the right classes. I could have chosen that, instead. But I didn’t want to be a lawyer.
That’s why ideas like this make me think, ‘YES, I agree!’:
“Why shouldn’t a father stay home to care for his children and cook the meals? Why shouldn’t his wife run a business?” ~ from I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark by Debbie Levy and Elizabeth Baddeley
Exactly – why shouldn’t each of us, regardless of gender, decide whether to stay home and run the household, or go out in the workforce to earn the income? Why is it such a bad thing that I (and my husband) decided the traditional route, and why is it such a bad thing if some of my friends chose differently?
In any case, I highly recommend this book. Regardless of whether you agree with it…
*(Though a woman has yet to be elected, we no longer question if a woman could handle being president. Of course she could!)
Now, if you’ll excuse me – I have some laundry to move over.
BTW, Do You Have Goals?
This post is part of a blog hop where we write about our goals and support each other in accomplishing them. My goal is to get rejected 24 times this year. We post the last Friday of the month, and add our links to the comment section of the monthly hop post. Please join us, or check out other bloggers by clicking the button below:
And if you have big dreams, but don't know how to turn them in to goals, I just found an AWESOME blog post you should totally check out: (Cheesiness aside, seriously - check this out!)
Oh, and a Quick note to my readers:
A Huge thank you to all who’ve commented on my blog posts the last few months! I’ve read every comment, but haven’t replied to many of them yet. If you are thinking I’m a terrible blogger for not responding, you would probably be right… but in all fairness I feel to mention that I have been visiting several blogs and leaving comments there, so I can’t be all bad. 😊
Also, If you happen to know a drama group -
Here is my shameless plug for my play. It's been produced on more than one stage, so why not a stage near you?
Details on how to do that are found by clicking the button below:
I should note that I have not been compensated for most of the links above. If you choose to buy the play I wrote, I do receive a small percentage of the proceeds from that sale. Also, I am the cohost of the Got Goals blog hop, but do not receive any compensation for that, other than a supportive community that anyone who joins would receive.
However, I was not asked to review I Dissent nor was I given any copy of the book for review. The copy I read came from my local library and has since been returned to said library. My unsolicited opinions are my own and I'm not responsible for any opinions or experiences you may get when visiting other websites or blogs linked to this post.
OK, I think that's enough legalspeak for one day. Ciao, everybody!
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