Quash gender stereotyping

I was proud to read that the all-girl team from Paya Lebar Methodist Girls' School (Secondary) clinched so many awards at the World Robot Games in Indonesia ("Laughed at, but they had the last laugh"; Oct 10).

It was unfortunate that they were laughed at for being "the only girls in a sea of boys".

We have to ensure that children are taught from an early age about gender parity, such that gender stereotypes are eradicated.

While the engineering and tech industries are conventionally male-dominated, women should not be put at a disadvantage if they wish to enter these fields.

In a society as contemporary as ours, we should be challenging and quashing the entire notion of gender typecasting instead of allowing stereotypes to perpetuate.

If we truly wish to enact change and champion women's empowerment, we need to start by educating the young of today, who are the driving force of tomorrow.

Ashley Tan Yu Yi, 16, Secondary 4 student

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 19, 2016, with the headline 'Quash gender stereotyping'. Print Edition | Subscribe