We sat down with mothers and daughters ages 6 to 89 and asked: what has changed since you were their age?
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Mothers and Daughters Ages 6 to 89: What Has Changed Since You Were Their Age? | Iris
well my goodness there's a lot that is changing they've gained more of a voice now I feel like more people are listening to kids their age and it's okay for them to not like something a lot more than it was when I was younger when I went to school you know boys did boys things girls did girls things so I think Society changed when we bought our colors you know we try to keep it neutral though she does gravitate to her Barbies and things that are feminine because I think it's just society still has that ingrained in our culture girls right now rather watch TV or be on their phone or are be on social media instead of actually physically connecting to friends I feel like um for Lunas generation the thing that is the most striking is probably around gender and it's really cool for me to see how natural and how accepting her and her friends are of transgender students yeah like Oh fine like you know you're transitioning to a boy or you're transitioning to a girl and now you're using the boys bathroom like that's so normal for her I unfortunately think a lot hasn't gotten better and that's very incredibly sad to me role of woman in a household you know sort of women who work just double down still you know they're doing the housework and and the outside homework I see how it hasn't changed and I see how like me and my brother's way of growing up was very unique and special my dad was the one who picked me up who cooked dinner who like did the laundry and I always say I wish that my generation was leaving the world better but I think it's gonna be up to her and her generation to make it a little bit better the work force was completely different when I was in my 20s I worked in a very male oriented field I was a technical illustrator and I did fighter jets so I was very often the only woman in in the office environment back then in like the the 80s you didn't go to your boss and say you know someone was sexually harassing me was just part of the the deal with being in the office I don't think that that type of thing goes on anymore or at least its ya better reported do you think women are kind of prioritizing themselves a little bit more yes my mom tells me things and I sometimes I think at her age I would have already had three kids I have my two kids already when I was 26 I was in the middle of the motherhood you know the best opportunity to grow as a woman I just feel like there's other things that now as women we know that we have different options we don't just have to get married young and have kids and and be a good wife we could be professionals and we could have our own education my parents were pretty liberal and and you know education was very important however it was my brothers who were encouraged to be medical people I was encouraged to do well in school for sure but it wasn't with the goal of really having a profession her him and my dad have instilled in me there's really no limit to what I can do and what I can achieve I often think about how if I had been raised that way I might have gone off in a in a different direction I think it could be more of who you want to be the people I was surrounded by one more traditional I think women can do anything now and I think that's where I see it changed I'm from the old school so your generation today they don't want to cook they don't cook you know a lot of them eat out she can like cook when she wanna she can go shopping with you wanna so you can go to bed once you wanna I grew up a different way I feel that women's reproductive health rights are imperiled you know there is restrictions and schools about sex Edie this is coming from somebody and I was in a convent school I was 16 when cherish was conceived so that would make me an 11th grader Catholic girls are told to you know cross yourself and cross your legs for me I see advance and retract and blessedly I see this incredible incredible social movement led by young women not just the hashtag me to movement but rights movement lbgtq eye movement gender identity movement and I noticed it most talking with my young grandchildren and I'm just absolutely amazed at their views on things they're so well informed we talk about me too we talk about politics we talk about gender issues I mean there is nothing that's not on the table and there's nothing that they don't have an opinion about I didn't go to college what's quite different when I was her age it was difficult for a woman to do a lot of things that women now can do and they can go wherever they want to go they can go they can do what they want to do not so when I was a young woman I mean she has really gone through a lot of things and she's always managed to find the positive I see her as a complete woman I wish I could have been the kind of woman who she is I think it's gonna take a little bit more a little bit more time but it's getting there