The Children’s Place children’s clothing store should have taken a lesson from JC Penney a couple of years back. After much backlash from its customers, the store has pulled a girl’s graphic t-shirt called “My Best Subjects’ which has a checklist of things with Shopping, Music, and Dancing checked off, but Math left blank saying (well, nobody’s perfect).
The Children’s Place responded on its Facebook page:
We take feedback from our customers very seriously. It has come to our attention that some of you view our Best Subjects T shirt as insensitive towards girls and women. This was not our intent. There are countless women in all walks of life who excel in math, including our very own CEO. We have pulled this product from our stores and we want to express our apologies to anyone we may have offended.
Who thought that shirt was funny and a good idea? The CEO of the company is a woman—how did that get past her? This is exactly why we need programs like Athena Collaborative’s March Mathness.