Just let women be who they are

Waterloo Region Record - - EDITORIALS & COMMENT -

Re: En­cour­ag­ing women to choose sciences, math — Sept. 26

Right now, ev­ery­one likes to talk about “gen­der-in­equal­ity” in the STEM fields (sci­ence, tech­nol­ogy, en­gi­neer­ing and math). I am a woman in STEM and of­fer a dif­fer­ent per­spec­tive. Canada has equal­ity of op­por­tu­nity for women, and if they choose to go into low­er­pay­ing jobs that they find more sat­is­fy­ing for other rea­sons, we should not at­tempt to make them re­gret their de­ci­sions. I never suf­fered from dis­cour­age­ment or dis­crim­i­na­tion — I sim­ply chose to pur­sue what I was in­ter­ested in.

Just let women be who they are, and stop mak­ing them feel bad be­cause they found other things in their lives that are more im­por­tant to them than mak­ing as much money as pos­si­ble. I find it some­what of­fen­sive that men like Univer­sity of Water­loo pres­i­dent Feridun Ham­dul­lah­pur think that women need help mak­ing de­ci­sions about our own lives. Bethany Kuntz Kitch­ener

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