Wonder Woman takes place in a nation that is all-female, where women help each other and lift each other up and live in perfect harmony, sans any masculinity. This is similar to how I grew up. I came from a community of females and they shaped me into who I am today. My mother was a single mom and hardworking. She was a great example to me. My grandmother taught me to seek to make constant positive changes in the world. My aunt taught me the meaning of a true public servant. All of these women showed me what was possible for the future of strong women.
The notion that one could have a role model that was male was foreign to me. I did not have any male presence in my life. This is why on International Women’s Day, I would like to share that the future is female, this is what I have known my whole life, however, what I have noticed is that men need to help be a part of this change, too. If men have all of this so-called power, then they need to utilize this to help us take down the barriers that we women face on a daily basis, whether it be in media, in the workforce, at home, etc.
Power is Something We All Have to Share
I will never forget my first day as a new associate at a big law firm. I was invited to a huge meeting. Most of my co-workers were men, and I was grateful to be included and invited to this meeting. I got to the conference room for the meeting and there were no seats left at the table. I would have to go sit in the back, which was fine by me, as I was just grateful to be included. Before I grabbed a seat in the back, someone got up and offered me their seat at the table. It was a person of color, and also the youngest partner there. This gesture was so small but made a huge impact on me and everyone else who witnessed it. It showed everything one diversity matters, people with influence have the opportunity to help the voiceless have a voice.
Everyone Should Care
When allies open up the space for women, they do not diminish the power that they already hold, instead, they make everyone’s power greater. More representation will lead to smarter decision-making. It will lead to more innovation and higher profits. The issue of equality for women is not just an issue for women, it is for everyone and everyone can play a role in it. Having male allies is a huge priority for us at the Phenomenal Woman Action Campaign, and we are always trying to find ways to engage and include men. During Equal Pay Day in 2017, we had men take charge in bringing awareness to the gap in pay between men and women. The answer is right in front of our eyes. Be that young partner who got up for me. Be that for the women who are in your life. Men need to step up and make the space for women to have a voice and take a stand. When we work together as allies we can make sure that we are all equally represented.