I teach Hebrew school on Sundays. The following conversation took place yesterday between a female fifth grade student and myself:
Student: I don’t know any girl rabbis.
Me: That’s because there used to not be any, since girls didn’t go to school at all. Only in recent times have rabbinical schools started letting women in. This started around the time that it became normal for all girls to go to college.
Student: Girls used to not have to go to school? They were lucky back then!
Me: Instead, they had to stay at home all day and do chores. They cleaned the house and cooked food all day. Would you want to do that instead of going to school?
Student: I guess not.
Me: You should feel lucky that you live in a time where women can really do whatever they want to. They can be rabbis, doctors, bankers, lawyers, teachers, or anything else…
Student: Like models! I want to be a model!