Girls still being taught 'how to put child rearing over career' in UK

Mother

Girls are still being brought up to believe that raising children is more important than their own ambitions.

The president of the Girls' Schools Association said they should be told that they have freedom to make different choices if they want to, says Hilary French.

Hilary French said despite women's educational achievements, they are still expected to be the homemaker.

According to a report, women are now more likely than men to go to university in the UK.

French, who is also the headmistress of Central Newcastle High School, told an international news agency that the school sometimes invited business leaders and entrepreneurs in to talk to students.

French added that it was 'probably still the assumption' that women would deal with childcare.

She said society still expect women to be at the core of the relationship, the homemaker, the person who brings up children and thinks about what everyone's going to eat every day. It's still, I think, unusual to find a man doing that.

However, French said she was also 'quite struck' that today's young men were "very caring and do want to have children and do have an affinity with children," the report added.

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