Today I'm breaking my usual format in honor of the Women's March. I hope you take pause and break the norm today as well.
I believe our ability to thrive as a society is dependent upon our willingness to foster a society where women and girls are allowed to rise to the highest levels of leadership, as the norm, not the exception.
Our path to freedom, peace, and prosperity will be paved by women and girls. Part of my role as a man is to help clear the way.
“I raise up my voice-not so I can shout but so that those without a voice can be heard...we cannot succeed when half of us are held back.”
“Of all the evils for which man has made himself responsible, none is so degrading, so shocking or so brutal as his abuse of the better half of humanity; the female sex.”
"Gender equality is more than a goal in itself. It is a precondition for meeting the challenge of reducing poverty, promoting sustainable development and building good governance."
I think that if we don’t have gender diversity at the top of American politics and in corporate boards, then we’re just going to get weaker decisions, and I think that’s what we’ve been stuck with. And so I think that the great strength that women bring when they move into senior levels of politics is not that they’re more nurturing, caring, maternal figures, but that they will bring a certain level of different perspective, a different way of thinking, and that is just really valuable for all of us. This is not something that is going to benefit the women of America; it’s something that’s going to benefit all of America.
Nicholas Kristof, journalist, author, and Pulitzer Prize winner
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Last year my family joined the Women's March. I believe our only path to sustainable peace, equality, and stability is to foster a society where women and girls have just as much access and opportunity to be in positions of leadership as men and boys.
I spent 5 years living in Rwanda, petitioning for gender equality and women's rights. I consider it a great privilege to live in a country where we can march like we will today. I hope you will be there too.
Here is the Women's March Mission Statement, to clarify the purpose of all of this. This is why we march.
The mission of Women’s March is to harness the political power of diverse women and their communities to create transformative social change. Women’s March is a women-led movement providing intersectional education on a diverse range of issues and creating entry points for new grassroots activists & organizers to engage in their local communities through trainings, outreach programs and events. Women's March is committed to dismantling systems of oppression through nonviolent resistance and building inclusive structures guided by self-determination, dignity, and respect.