We teach girls to shrink themselves, to make themselves smaller
Females are taught to be “best second roles”. They learn very early that they will be better off without too much ambition. Basically, the motto is: “BEHIND every great man there is a great woman.”
In the workplace, women are often expected to take on the ‘smaller’ roles. Even though so many women take degrees in science/technology/marketing/business — these fields are dominated by men. Girls are taught to shrink their opportunities, are forced to accept smaller wages, are passed over for promotion, and are told not to demand more lest they be called a bitch or bossy.
This could also be a reference to the increasing need for women to be skinny — society teaches that thin is beautiful, and some girls go through extreme measures (starving themselves, forcing themselves to throw up, etc) to become thin and smaller.
Interesting to note, we literally teach girls to shrink, to take up less physical space. Crossing legs and bringing our arms in — compare female body language to male on a train.
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