I never thought that I would have to raise my daughters to know that they are equal with men, deserve the same respect as a man, make the same pay as a man, have the same opportunities as a man, etc. etc. etc. I naively thought that’s the way the world would be = everyone equal. EVERYONE EQUAL! no sex, race or religion better than another! Why WOULD a man make more money? Why would a company hire a man instead of a woman? Why would a man be treated better than a woman – in any circumstance…this is not okay!
I had heard a few examples about this inequity between men and women and honestly, couldn’t believe because I thought our world was better than that and past that era…unfortunately we’re not 😦 and below is a prime example. Check out this list of Innovative leaders, can you guess what it’s missing? WOMEN! It is missing WOMEN! In our world today Forbes put out a list of 100 innovative leaders and they only found 1 woman that met that criteria?! Are you kidding me?!
Ultimately, it was clear that the list criteria itself had shortcomings that should have been factored in at its inception. “Our methodology was flawed at a minimum when it came to being more expansive with who was eligible to be ranked,” reflected Forbes Chief Content Officer Randall Lane.
How do we explain this to our young daughters – When we are trying to incorporate confidence and self worth? That “yes believe in yourself honey, BUT when it comes to a man, this may not be the case” … um he** no! no matter what situation we are placed in we should believe and have confidence in ourselves!
Yes, we still have a world out there where some believe we; as a woman, are less than a man – which is wrong and incorrect. but let me tell you, have you ever tried to change someone’s opinion? um yeah, its pretty hard, most likely pretty impossible!!! but let’s still try and then SHOW them that we are just as good as them!
I think we need to take something like this and use it as an opportunity to share with our daughters (children) and talk about how this bias ( and many others) are still very active in our society today and talking about it shows where we stand and what we support.
Stay Strong and blessings to each one of you as we support each other, Christy