Girls learn about medicine; boys learn about sexism at UC-San Francisco Medical Center’s “Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day” today, sponsored by the Center for Gender Equity. Or inequity, as the case may be. The SF Chronicle’s Matier and Ross write:
For example, the 9- and 10-year-old daughters are being invited to participate in 17 hands-on activities such as working with microscopes, slicing brains, doing skull comparisons, seeing what goes on in the operating room, playing surgeon, dentist or nurse for a day, and visiting the intensive care unit nursery, where they can set up blood pressure cuffs and operate the monitors.
They can learn about earthquake and disaster preparedness, how to use a fire extinguisher, how to operate several types of equipment — even fire a laser.
And what do the boys get to do?
Learn about “gender equity in fun, creative ways using media, role playing and group games” — after which, the boys can get a bit of time in with a microscope or learn how the heart works.
Center director Amy Levine, says a mixed program didn’t work.
“It mirrored the same sexism that occurs in the classroom daily,” she said, “where boys raise their hands more often, demand more attention and have discipline problems.”
So now the boys have their own gender sensitivity program, where “they learn about violence prevention and how to be allies to the girls and women in their lives,” Levine said.
Maybe they’ll learn not to raise their hands in class.