Every summer I bring my daughters to one of the towns I grew up in so they can spend a few weeks seeing relatives and friends while I write. It's a great chance for us to see people and places that I grew up with in New Jersey and Pennsylvania since we live in MN the rest of the year.
We also go to the same stores that I used to go to when I was my daughters' ages. Last year, my daughters and I had a long discussion about the aisle signs in our go-to store for things we need.
I spent a lot of time thinking (and writing) about why these signs bothered me so much, and then sent the following note to the store:
> I have been visiting your ______ store my entire life. Now I bring my daughters there.
> However, I am always disturbed by the "girl's toys" and "boy's toys" signs on the aisles.
> As a woman engineer professor who works with educators and children it makes me incredibly frustrated to see the toys labeled by gender.
> Please consider changing the signs to something more descriptive of the toys themselves?
> "sports" "building" "Arts and Crafts?"
> AnnMarie Thomas
I was thrilled when I got this reply:
>Hi AnnMarie ,
> Enjoy Your Summer
So much for change. Sigh.