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Mum rewrites daughter's sexist homework about mother returning to work outside home

Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

A New York mum has taken umbrage to her daughter's sexist homework - and rewritten a new and improved version which she posted online.

Lynn Polvino posted images of the original worksheet and her new version side-by-side on Facebook with the caption, "Here's the homework assignment my daughter brought home yesterday side-by-side with my rewrite."

The worksheet is a 'fill in the blanks' story about a girl who is sad that her mother is returning to work outside the home.

Here's the homework assignment my daughter brought home yesterday, side-by-side with my rewrite.

Posted by Lynne Polvino on Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Her daugher's original homework read:

"Lisa was not happy her mother was back at work.  Before Lisa was born, her mother worked in a big office.  Yesterday, she told Lisa that she was going back to work.

"The morning was terrible.  Lisa had to get to school on time.  Her father had to get to work on time.  And now, her mother was in a rush, too.

"Lisa's father made breakfast, it was not too good."

Lynne tackled the stereotypes in the original draft with her new version:

"Lisa was happy, her mother was back at work.  Before Lisa was born,her mother worked in a big office.

"Because it valued her important contributions to the workplace, her employer offered nearly a year of paid maternity leave and flex time upon her return.

"Her father was home on his paid paternity leave, caring for Lisa's younger brother and contributing equally to the running of the household.

"Lisa's father made breakfast.  It was very good and he had Lisa wash the dishes because all functional humans should learn to clean up after themselves."

The piece ends with, "Lisa was glad she was growing up in a society free of gender bias and misogyny."

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