My school had a career day, and the only women there were talking about childcare, nursing and cosmetology. Can I complain?

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My school had a career day, and the only women there were talking about childcare, nursing and cosmetology. Can I complain?

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• A: Yes. Your school has a responsibility under the law not to perpetuate gender stereotypes when it is counseling you about career choices and vocational education choices. Having only men talk about traditionally male jobs, such as computer programming and plumbing, and having women talk about traditionally female jobs, such as nursing, might make students think that only men can be plumbers and only women can be nurses. You should complain to your school about gender stereotypes in their career counseling. The school has a responsibility to make sure students know that their sex doesn’t control their job choices.

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