Asking for advice
Robert Ulrich Nagel

This is a subjects which requires more than a few paragraphs on a website, but I’ll try my best. There are two things I want to highlight here.

Firstly I think it is vital to go deeper. Many are now aware that there is still inequality, a prime example being the lack of women in higher positions. People might say we need to support this more, maybe even use a quota, but this only fixes the symptoms. The deeper, structural causes are often overlooked. In the world we live in, the standard of success taught to young girls is still to build a happy family. Young boys are taught that they need to become successful. This not only causes that there are less women in higher positions, but also that a lot of people (including women) are okay with this. So to challenge this we need to make people aware of the influence these gender structures have in our society; how much they impede choice, even if it is not obvious on first glance. We need to speak up and start tackling causes, even if it feels nigh impossible.

Secondly, something I have been struggling with is how to handle being confronted with real life examples of the issue I just described. When you meet a young woman whose sole goal is to start a family, is this bad? Or a young guy who dreams of becoming a CEO? Should we convince them to chance course or should we support their choices? If someones choice is grounded in inhibiting gender structures did they still actually choose it? I don’t have the answer to this unfortunately, but I feel it is something worthy of thought.

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