By Ashley Corbaley
Yes, girls can do anything boys can do. But does it have to be everything?
October 11th is International Day of the Girl. This is an international day of observance set aside by the United Nations to share awareness for gender inequality and to support opportunities for girls.
On this year’s International Day of the Girl, the Boy Scouts of America announced a big change: girls will be allowed to join Boy Scouts. Starting next year younger girls will be able to join Cub Scouts and the following year older girls will be able to earn their Eagle Scout award. The question as to why this change has come about was addressed in a statement by the Boy Scouts of America: “Families today are busier and more diverse than ever. Most are dual-earners and there are more single-parent households than ever before, making convenient programs that serve the whole family more appealing.”
As some met this new change with joy and celebration, others were not as pleased. . Jennifer Bartkowski, CEO of Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas said: “We know how girls learn and lead best. I think the country deserves an organization that’s committed and an expert for boys, and an organization that’s committed and an expert for girls.”
While the Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts compete for members the question remains: how will this change affect the children? It is no secret that boys and girls are different, science tells us this. However, recent pushes towards gender equality are going in a direction that throws years of research concerning gender differences out the window. Yes, boys and girls should be treated equal in importance but not equal in purpose. Boys and girls are different and they should be treated in ways that meet the needs of those differences.
Kathy Hopinkah Hannan, the president of the Girl Scouts, wrote in a letter to the Boy Scouts that they were “reckless and shortsighted in thinking that running a program specifically tailored to boys can simply be translated to girls.”
By forcing everything to be completely equal for boys and girls we are stifling their uniqueness that comes with their gender. Yes, I believe girls are just as important as boys; but I also believe that they do not have to do everything boys can do to prove it. Let us instead celebrate the differences of girls and boys and forget having to be exactly fair in every single aspect.