Right on the money! It’s one of the reasons that it’s presumed that little boys won’t read books with female protagonists and men won’t see movies about women — because in the dominance hierarchy, being female (even wealthy, White female) is less than anything masculine.

I’m seriously thinking about writing something about how many women scientists have had their discoveries discounted because really, “what could a woman actually know?” One of these was Marie Tharpe, who studied geology and the mapped the ocean floor (although they wouldn’t let her go on the survey boat) so she had to take the raw data and do the maps from land. She was the first to hypothesize tectonic plates, a theory for which she was fired for too much “thinking like a girl.” Eventually, her theory became accepted as fact, but what did she have to endure to get there?

Our history books have taught us, almost without exception, about the accomplishments of White men and that they are who we should look up to. Time to broaden that horizon and take note of amazing people of all stripes!

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