Today, millions of women are marching in countries around the world to have their voices be heard. I love that many are marching so everyone’s voice can be heard. Because people, all people, matter and should have the choices and freedoms enjoyed by anyone else.
My daughter is a fifth grade teacher and her class was talking about it this week. Ten-year-olds are people too AND their voices matter. They talked about a male who wanted to wear yoga pants, UGGS, paint his nails and go to the spa but couldn’t because of clearly defined gender stereotypes.
The question my daughter asked her students was, what would you do if gender wasn’t an issue?
What would YOU do if gender wasn’t an issue?
What would YOU do if race wasn’t an issue?
What would YOU do if religion wasn’t an issue?
The march today is to make strides towards a world where there isn’t any division.
There was a time when women could not wear pants without being shunned or ridiculed. Now, pantsuits is a hashtag symbolizing the power of women. When I was young, men who wore earrings were assumed to be gay. Straight men decided that should not be. All kinds of men wear earrings now.
The breakdown of these small divisive walls are the beginning of equality for all.
The fifth-grader answers to the question of what would you do if gender wasn’t an issue included boys wearing long hair, painting their nails and wearing pink. For girls it was having short hair, wearing a tie or baggy clothes and growing a moustache.
If a man walked in for a management position and had long hair, painted nails and a pink shirt, would it affect the hiring decision?
If a women shaved her head, had a moustache and wore a suit and tie, would it affect her getting hired?
I can wear make-up or not wear make-up. A man should have the same option.
Jeff Bezos is bald and well-respected in the business world. I should be able to do the same.
If I can wear a tie and nail polish, my male co-worker should be able to as well.
It starts at nail polish and short hair and continues on to pay equity and smashing the glass ceiling.
Ten-year-olds understand these walls and want to be the ones to break them down. They had a “no gender stereotype day” where they could dress the way they wanted and be who they wanted to be. They did their own march down the halls of their school, proudly being, for at least that day, in a world where gender is not an issue, where everyone is equal and enjoyed the same freedoms.
Now it is your turn to march in your home, your workplace, your school, your church, your city and your country to make your voice and every other voice count. By you supporting the choices of yourself and others, you bring freedom and equality to all.
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