In the small village of Wongarbon, Australia, about 237 miles (381 km) northwest of Sydney, a dad has complained about her daughter’s school activities that were apparently sexist in the most interesting way. Twelve-year-old Ruby Callaghan’s school activities included makeup for girls and a workshop for boys in different places. The dad went furious about this gender division and decided to write a letter to the principal. The rest of the story is more than inspiring.
“My reaction was one of disappointment,” Stephen Callaghan told BoredPanda.
In their latest newsletter, the Dubbo West Public School describes their activities in in a gender-divided manner. The description states that girls will be “treated to fabulous hair and light make-up,” while boys will be “going to Bunnings hardware store, activities and a BBQ lunch.” Though a spokesperson for the Australian Department of Education declared that everyone was able to choose either activity, Ruby’s father told BoredPanda that it was not the case. Ruby “specifically asked her teacher if she could go to Bunnings instead. She was told it was only for the boys.”
“I feel the school has a responsibility to break down these gender divisions,” Mr. Callaghan said on the matter. As a father to 3 girls, this was his area of interest. Stephen and his wife want to raise their daughters so they will have “the confidence to speak up when they feel they are being discriminated against because they are female.”
Here is what his letter to the Principal looked like:
I must draw your attention to a serious incident which occurred yesterday at your school where my daughter Ruby is a year 6 student.
When Ruby left for school yesterday it was 2017 but when she returned home in the afternoon she was from 1968.
I know this to be the case as Ruby informed me that the “girls” in Year 6 would be attending the school library to get their hair and make-up done on Monday afternoon while the “boys” are going to Bunnings.
Are you able to search the school buildings for a rip in the space-time continuum? Perhaps there is a faulty Flux Capacitor hidden away in the girls’ toilet block?
I look forward to this being rectified and my daughter and others girls at the school being returned to this millennium where schools activities are not divided among gender lines.
While Ruby reportedly saw both the humor and the sad reality in her dad’s letter and she was glad he sent it, some people did not agree with the family
Others, however, supported the dad and his actions
There were people who claimed that boys need some grooming lessons, too
Mr. Callahan even came forward to brilliantly sum up the entire exchange of opinions
Here‘s a story about a very special letter a father found in the car he had bought for his daughter.