Last Tuesday night the the first United State of Women Summit was held at the White House. President Obama was one of several speakers that evening. Obama talked about what has been accomplished as of recently to narrow gender disparity, expressing that [progress], "it’s real and we have to celebrate it, but we also have to remember that progress is not inevitable. It’s the result of decades of slow, tireless, often frustrating and unheralded work..." Asking that we continue to fight for equality between the sexes.
Obama then talked about how the fight for equality in a lot of ways is in the everyday. It is the ways in which we treat the different sexes that creates these expectations, that reinforces and perpetuates the disparity between the genders.
We need to keep changing the attitude that raises our girls to be demure, and our boys to be assertive; that criticizes our daughters for speaking out, and our sons for shedding a tear.
And I completely agree. It is not sweeping political gestures that will make change happen. Even if those things are enacted, we as a society need to follow through. And that follow through is in our everyday interactions. It is how we choose and act towards the different sexes. We need to break those constructs.
I'm not going to lie, I passive aggressively play things like this at my desk at work versus music.
That being said, please take the pledge at United State of Women.
Pledge to do your part. A reiteration that small actions can create a magnitude of change. Help shift attitudes about and towards women to aid in reaching equality.