When you were a little girl what did you want to be when you grew up? I wanted to be a grandmother, a teacher, a veterinarian and a nurse.
Did I want to be a doctor? What about an financial analyst? Or a dentist? The thought never crossed my mind. These, and many other vocations, weren’t even in the realm of possibility. These weren’t jobs women held. A nurse, yes. A bank teller, yes. Charlotte Londeen was a nurse. I knew her. My friend’s mom was a bank teller. So yes. I could do that. But the only dentists I knew were old white men.
It’s so important for young girls to see women in a variety of roles. You can’t be what you can’t see.