Young Girl Fights (and Wins!) Gender Equality Battle with Local Library

Photo: Cash Cayen/

Photo: Cash Cayen/

By Jenn Savedge | Mother Nature News

Cash Cayen loves her local library. She has been participating in library programs such she was just a few months old. So she was particularly disappointed this summer when she tried to register for a robotics class that was being offered at the library and was told that she the class was for “boys only.”

Fortunately, Cash does not give up easily. She and her mother spoke with Timmins Public Library’s Assistant Library Director Elaine De Bonis, who told her that the course would only be offered to boys because “boys academic and literacy skills don’t improve over the summer break.” To be fair, De Bonis did tell Cash that she could put her name on a waiting list and if enough girls showed interest, they would consider running a robotics course for girls at some point in the future.

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But Cash was not willing to accept this answer. She originally planned to do an online survey to find out what other people in her community thought about the “boys only” course. But, with her mom’s help, she decided to create a petition instead, asking the Timmins Public Library on Ontario to open up the course to both boys and girls.

Caen received lots of written support -- like this one from a female robotics engineer. Photo: Cash Cayen/

Caen received lots of written support — like this one from a female robotics engineer. Photo: Cash Cayen/

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