It made no sense to her that 12 men, but no women, had walked on the moon. In her world things changed—improved–in very speedy fashion. Last week she was in the second grade, this week she’s in the third grade. Yesterday she had both front teeth; today she doesn’t. Last month training wheels, now she’s doing tricks on her bike.
So if there is an obvious inequity in the world, why don’t they just fix it?
Who “they” is and how it should be fixed was a more complicated question.
She knew that girls are just as smart as boys, smarter even sometimes. And she was very aware of inequities in the world.
“I didn’t know a man could be a doctor!” she said when I took her with me to my ob/gyn appointment. I smiled at that one. Her pediatrician was a woman, and both girls loved their dentist: Dr. Susan.
With Hillary now on the fast track to the Democratic nomination, maybe Jessamyn’s future daughter daughter have a whole different set of questions.
Like, “Why can’t I have ice cream for dinner?”