Women have been fighting for their rights and against injustice around the world for many years, but it is true that the awareness nowadays feels like a reawakening, a burst of energy that has invigorated the gender equality movement and that could, with work and determination, help to develop the world into a place in which all women, whatever their background, feel represented.
But what now? How in our everyday busy lives do we keep up the fight? There will be more petitions to endorse, postcards to send, charities that need money, placards to make and streets to pound. In the meantime, here are five simple things you can do each day for the rest of your lives to promote gender equality. They are all about how we talk to girls. Call it Everyday Feminism, if you like.
1. Encourage the children in your life to play as they wish
If you go to any toy shop, the section marked for boys has sporting equipment, action characters, and race cars. The section for girls? Princess dolls and play vanity sets. What information do we send when these are the general options we give our kids?
A viral Christmas video, above, shows a 4-year-old girl’s frustration (however adorable) over how a store’s “girls” section was packed with pink toys and the “boys” section was loaded with blue toys. She wishes the 2 genders could purchase both colors. Let us take a moment to challenge our own stereotypes of what toys our children (boys or girls) are playing with. Even the Obamas are breaking down stereotypes too!
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