lovelylauralifeThere is no denying that there is still great work to be done. But, in my very humble opinion, it will never be done on Washington's doorstep. In its front yard, backyard or two streets over. No march, wearing the color red or adding and removing of laws will ever affect the true outcome I believe we all desire...⠀
I believe that the hard and painstaking work left to do will be done in the private conversations of our own homes. In the board room, on the shop floor, in the classroom, at the studio or on the ball field. In the gas station, at the stoplight, at the counter of the coffee shop, in line at Chipotle or in the checkout lane at Lowe's.⠀
SPEAK. Not just today, but everyday! Challenge your co-worker (your boss even) when they say something like "men are naturally more visual learners." It doesn't have to be confrontational to be meaningful. Challenge your kids when they call your female postal worker the "mail man". It doesn't have to be epic, it just has to happen. Challenge the person who jokingly says, "you throw like girl." Do you really think sharing that Dove video on Facebook (again) means more than what you could say to that person right then and there? Challenge your friend when she speaks of "women's rights". This isn't a men vs. women thing, this a people are *people* thing.⠀
In those moments when we're too stunned or afraid to speak. Or when we think it's something so slight we'll just let it slide. When we want to say something but don't and instead re-live it with a friend later in hushed voices -- so that all the world that needs to hear what you have to say will never have the privilege... SPEAK.⠀
In my (very humble) opinion, if we are to demand to change the larger conversation (the one we somehow think matters most) -- then we have to change all of the everyday incidental ones with the same hailstorm of ferocity. #changetheconversation #everyday #letsgettowork #peoplearepeople
- theeffortlessclosetI LOVE this! You stated it perfectly!
- sdftoAbsolutely. This is so important: Our ability to speak up, kindly and strongly everyday is necessary. And public policy does need to change too. We need to demand paid parental leave. We need to demand free, universal healthcare. Women need the freedom to truly choose what we want to do at various points in our lives without only putting other people's well-being ahead of our own. If we truly want choice, we need our fellow Americans and the policies of our government to be there for us. We can do this. It will be our legacy! #internationalwomensday
- britstrawbridgelove 💛 ✨
- marienewIt's so hard though! Just yesterday I had a dad at school tell me that girls are not as adventurous (talking about when our children started to ride bikes), I said something about all children being different. I wished I had said what I wanted though, that all children are different and that girls are not in one way and boys another, it's all children and we should see them as individuals rather than what happens to be between their legs.
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