2013 was a year of girl power. From Jennifer Lawrence encouraging girls everywhere to love their bodies to GoldieBlox telling girls they can dream bigger to Malala Yousafzai inspiring women all over the world to support other women in the fight against female oppression.
Yes, 2013 was the year of telling women they can be and do anything they want. In 2014 I'm taking a cue from amazing female leaders around the world and their supporters and doing as Sheryl Sandberg says. I'm "leaning in" and not just into my career, but into this new age of feminism that is creating a generation of female leaders. 2014 is the year to not just tell girls and women that they can be and do anything, but that they SHOULD be and do anything.
This year I am devoting my new years resolution to supporting gender equality, education for women--both in the US and abroad--and not just supporting, but pushing women to actively shape a better world for other women.
With that in mind, I've created a variety of actionable items that each of us can to achieve this resolution:
• Ensure a 50/50 gender representation for any event or program -- This may not always be possible, but if we're aware there is a gender gap for a lecture, meetup, or class, it's the first step towards fixing it. This also means that if there are more women, we should encourage men to join.
• Donate to worthy (women's) causes like educating women in countries that experience great female repression -- I found Malala to be a very powerful representative of the need for more education in these countries, and I plan to donate as much time and resources as I can to this movement.
• Raise gender inequality awareness by staying on top of feminist movements occurring around the world and sharing them with networks near and far.
• And lastly, support my fellow women in anything and everything they choose to strive for.
As Gloria Steinem said “A feminist is anyone who recognizes the equality and full humanity of women and men.” So my question to you, the people who work closely with our future generations: How will you exhibit feminism this year? Will you push for more gender equality in your workplace, your classroom, and your home?
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