Atlas Shrugged: Dagny Taggart and Feminism

“She was twelve years old when she told Eddie Willers that she would run the railroad when they grew up. She was fifteen when it occured to her for the first time that women did not run railroads and that people might object. To hell with that, she thought – and never worried about it again.”

I find this quote to be right, and inspiring. If you’re a girl, you don’t need to be encouraged before you can pursue technology, STEM and whatever else male-dominated field you are into. Just do it. On the other hand, if the only reason you went for STEM was other people’s encouragement, your momentum will fall apart at the first sign of difficulty or lack of encouragement.

[EDIT]: For anyone who doesn’t know: Dagny did end up running the railroad and building her own.

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3 Responses to Atlas Shrugged: Dagny Taggart and Feminism

  1. Liz says:

    “I find this quote to be right, and inspiring. If you’re a girl, you don’t need to be encouraged before you can pursue technology, STEM and whatever else male-dominated field you are into. Just do it. On the other hand, if the only reason you went for STEM was other people’s encouragement, your momentum will fall apart at the first sign of difficulty or lack of encouragement.”

    Well said, Emma. So true.
    I think everyone intuitively knows this, they’ve just been socially conditioned to pretend otherwise.

    • I don’t know, when I was a teenager there was a time when I really thought girls didn’t do as well in these careers because they weren’t encouraged like the boys. I know better now, but it’s easy to fall for the lie.

      • David Addison says:

        ^— truth. Look, we’re not equal, ok. This “gender/ability/race is..” or what ever the fk else is currenty hip to say “..a construct” has to STOP. Women and men both are being ruined and are deeply unhappy because we’re almost ignoring to our biological imperative for fear of being labelled weak, or missing out.

        Here’s the thing – the girls I know that have rejected the PC programming have had kids early (<25) with a quality guy that works his ass off to support his family whilst she nurtures her offspring and home. The you-go-girl types I know are in their 30's, slaving in a cubicle for 'the man' with nothing but microwave dinners and cats for company when they get home.

        We men bigged up our careers endlessly in the yester-years, mainly to disguise how utterly trapped we are by it. We have no choice.

        When women think "that sounds fun" and go out and do what men have no choice to do, they VERRRRRY quickly realise what a FKNG SHIT DEAL IT IS, suddenly wishing they'd settled down with a quality guy and contributed to society by raising a beautiful healthy family. But by then it's too late, eh?

        Girls: Don't fall for the feminist lies. You'll thank me for it, I promise you.

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