Breaking the Bias Must Start at Home

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The day of the 8th march marks the strength of women to put on the table the inequalities that are still manifesting in the 21st century, to fight and continue till our voices are heard, valued, and equated with those of men.

Have you ever thought that many aspects of women’s equality are fairly simple to quantify in the economy, but how do we measure how safe women are in their own homes, streets or parties? The list goes on and on.

What does #breakthebias mean to me?

For International Women’s Day this month, my plea to all parents is to allow their daughters to thrive. Breaking the bias must start at home.

It all comes back to what shaped her thoughts in her formative years, allowing her to grow up without bias.

Breaking the Bias Must Start at Home

To #breakthebias for our daughters, we must speak into their future boldly and with purpose. We need to be their cheerleaders and support them so as to ensure that they are constantly aware of their abilities and strengths and build on them.

Educating our sons and daughters about real equality is necessary for things to change. Dismiss, once and for all, the princesses who passively wait to be rescued by their prince charming. Understand that girls can and should be whatever they want. Defend freedom above everything else.

An Empowered Woman

An empowered woman does not mean that all women are free. And no woman is free until all women are, no matter how much you tell yourself you are. We don’t just want to raise awareness; we want to liberate the entire class of women from patriarchal oppression.

Society is made up of individuals. Before we are a society, we are individuals. Therefore, if I change the way I think and act in the world, the world will change. That’s up to me. Of my ideas, of my behaviour. I alone make the difference.

Why is it important to combat gender stereotypes?

Breaking the Bias Must Start at Home

Stereotypes of gender roles are conventional constructions. Although they are deeply rooted in our society and our daily lives, it is essential to combat them to put an end to discrimination.

“Stereotypes are a bit like air: they are imperceptible but always present.”

You first need to figure out how and when these stereotypes start, and how they affect your later feelings about yourself and other people. Years have passed, but even today, when people read about astronauts, architects, engineers, or pilots, they are likely to think about a man. It’s kind of like a reflex because that’s what society has come to accept.

“The solution lies in Education”

Breaking the Bias Must Start at Home

Schools can organize workshops for girls with working female role models. The female volunteers offer their time to go into schools and explain their jobs to the youngsters: what they are passionate about in their work and what obstacles they encountered during their career development.

In short, the aim is to showcase female role models that can become a source of inspiration for Women of the future

Marketing Gimmick

Women’s Day feels like patriarchal patronizing these days. It has to be about honouring the struggle, the power of centuries of women who have fought to be free of gender’s shackles, and the imposed hierarchy that comes with it.
Women’s Day has devolved into a marketing gimmick, and we’re losing sight of what’s important, and they’ll give you 50% off because, at the end of the day, a day without capitalism is not a day.

To Sum Up

I think the progress we’ve made in recent years has been fantastic, but we still have a lot of work to do. As women, we must do everything we can to support one another and keep moving forward. We are always more powerful when we work together.

We are all Human

Of course, women can change the world! But they have to do it with men! A human being is the one who can transform it. I have always believed in equal rights and opportunities for women, but I have never considered myself a fundamentalist feminist. I don’t believe in fundamentalism of any kind. Whatever they say, women and men are completely different, and some of us have some things that others don’t have, but I think that women generally are more open to the world and to change.

Related post: Happy International Women’s Day

For international women’s day and to break the bias I would like to plea to all parents is to allow their daughters to thrive just as much as you do your sons.

This post is part of #breakthebiasbloghop hosted by Sakshi Varma and Rakhi Jayshankar, powered by Beetees Chocolates.


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(20) Comments

  1. Very true – breaking biases needs to begin from home. The way we bring up our kids, treat other women around is what will start the change. I am the way I am because of how my parents raised me. And that’s what I am trying to do with my boys.

  2. Suhasini I.P. says:

    Yes, all these biases have to be broken first at home. Then only we can raise the gender agnostic kids. Truly loved your take on it.

  3. Ishi says:

    Very well penned … Yes breaking the bias start at home …It is a baby step toward creating a “Sustainable Tomorrow” in which our children are ready to embrace and value differences!

  4. Totally agree with you.
    Charity begins at home.
    This is the duty of every parent, elder and teacher.
    We must let girls and women thrive.

  5. A very insightful write. We have to set an example for our generations to come. My father broke the bias 52 years ago. He had distributed sweets to the whole hospital when I was born 52 years ago and he did the same when my daughter was born. Daughters were not a welcome sight then. A couple was considered unlucky if a daughter was born. He led by example and taught people to celebrate as Laxmi had come and that a daughter is as valuable as a son. Can you pls read my article and share your feedback. looking fwd to it. regards

  6. Absolutely true! Home is where they learn. And we need to be careful of what we tell and talk to them. Education help too.

  7. Such an important and insightful blog. I believe we should incorporate #Breakthebias during our early parenting years as well.

  8. Really loved reading this article. Yes, it is surely important to start from home and make every kid empowered. It is truly crucial to break the bias and educate the kids.

  9. I can totally resonate to the thoughts. I’m someone who strongly follows gender neutral parenting at mine. It’s something that has to start changing from. Home

  10. Biases of any kind are bad, and must be removed from its core. The society, by large, is run by both men and women and these biases will come in the way of real progression.

  11. Ruchi Verma says:

    I really loved the entire article ..
    This needs to be start right from.our home where still there are many ladies who have no right to speak or do things as per their wish l.

  12. Loved reading your take on #breakthebias. However, I still believe that as a society, we are still far away from being a society that treats women not only equally but fairly too. The glass ceiling is real. Referring to what you said, it’s imperceptible but always there.

  13. Humaira says:

    Very well penned … Yes, breaking the bias start at home …Loved reading your take on #breakthebias. It is truly crucial to break the bias and educate the kids.

  14. You’ve explained why we need to break the bias so well, and I agree women are more adaptable to change and I’d also say, they make good leaders too. #breakthebiasbloghop #breakthesilence

  15. I have always believed that change begins at home and from the right parenting we can change the way kids see the world. When they face a situation, we need to show them every perspective and allow them to take decisions.

  16. Lekhi says:

    The article gives a fresh perspective to make sense of things.

  17. Archana Londhe says:

    Recognising the conditioning we have grew up with is the first step to break the bias. Well said!!

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  19. Charity begins at home. How simply you have spun your words around and gave a fresh perspective.

  20. Sonia Kapoor says:

    Very well articulated. Stereotypes are so strongly embedded even God is a “he”! I agree education is important to showcase role models to young girls. It is equally important to showcase these to their brothers. Also whether a woman decides to work outside their home for a salary, or chooses to be a homemaker, it must be her choice and not an imposition. The power to choose her own path, and respected for this, is the key message that must be conveyed to parents, educators and students, irrespective of gender.

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