Teenage girls are affected by sexism on a daily basis. Gender inequality is apparent in all aspects of teenage life from family life to getting a job to harassment from classmates at school. How do 5 girls from all around America experience sexism on a daily basis? Find out below!
Kaamya Mehra (GA, 16)
“Growing up, I have realized that sexism does not begin at one age, but is rather experienced throughout a female’s life. Whether it’s a bias in my intelligence or my athletic ability, sexism has always played a big role in my mental health and of what others thought about me”
Ellie Pennington (VA, 16)
“I am very determined in school and hope to have a future as a woman in STEM. However, it is difficult to achieve this because I face sexism every day in my classes or when I tell people about my future plans. I will never forget when I told a boy in my math class what I got on a test and he replied, “Oh that’s so surprising… I just assumed you were dumb because you like makeup and talk about irrelevant things.” When I went to a STEMposium conference for my school, my male team members told me that I should just work on the powerpoint presentation instead of the machine we had to build. It is really unfortunate how low the numbers are of girls who want to go into STEM because so many people tell them they aren’t smart or good enough.”
Annie DeCastro (Singapore, 16)
“I have never been explicitly told that I have fewer opportunities because I am a girl, so for those that do not experience it, it seems nonexistent As a girl who has played sports my entire life and is interested in a career in STEM, I have countless examples”
Catherine Blau (NJ, 16)
“As a teenage girl living with three older brothers, I’ve experienced sexism within my own family. My parents routinely make sure I’m not walking home from a friends house alone at night. Before going on a trip across the country without my family, my mom took me to a self defense class. I’ve been criticized for the clothes I wear as they could attract to much attention. My brothers haven’t experienced these obstacles. The reality of this is, my experiences have been determined by the physical advantage men have over me as a 16 year old girl.”
Ludia Kim (NJ, 16)
Just like every other teenage girl I have TikTok and it’s a public platform where anyone can post anything. I have seen so many videos of girls showing that they’re being followed by someone or some girls telling others how to know if they’re being watched or chosen as a victim for human trafficking. It’s sad how girls knowing to put keys between their fingers for a stronger hit or always checking their car is so normalized. Personally, I do not experience it often because I live in a pretty safe neighborhood and surround myself with people that care for me. However, this is not provided for everyone and men still body shaming women. The fact that rape and sex trafficking cases are still so high is disgusting. Some people still see women as objects or weaker than men. Though a lot of people have changed their views on women, the fact that there are still people who think this is sickening. Woman being cautious about sex trafficking or being followed should not be normalized. People need to learn how to protect others and change their perspectives on this issue because it’s been going on for too long.