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Telling a child the uncomfortable truth about gender inequality

Telling a child the uncomfortable truth about gender inequality

The night after the Democratic party chose Hillary Clinton as its presidential nominee, I tried to describe the historic nature of it all to my nearly-4-year-old daughter as I tucked her in.

I started strong, gleefully announcing that, for the first time, a major political party was putting forth a woman as its choice to lead the country. But I soon faltered. To explain the significance of that moment meant acknowledging an uncomfortable truth I wasn’t quite ready for her to hear: that women have long been — and often still are — considered lesser than men in areas outside the home: less capable, less valuable, less powerful, less intelligent.

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