Feminism seems to be having a comeback lately – though my good friend Gloria Steinem would argue it’s never gone anywhere.
But, it does feel like the topic of gender balance and the modern feminist have been on the forefront of the conversations we’re having nationally, locally, personally and most-definitely online. My site has covered it. There are TedX talks surrounding it. There are conferences for it. The President has made it a priority.
This is a good thing. We should be talking about the current state of women and feminism, and how we can build a better, more equally footed future together.
But, in my opinion, feminism – especially a modern version — shouldn’t just be about women. A real feminist should be including men in the conversation too.
We shouldn’t be having a battle of the sexes. We should be having a meeting of the minds.
You don’t raise good men without having strong women. And you don’t raise good women without strong men.
As movements evolve and grow, so should the language used to talk about them.
I like the word equalist. I think an equalist is inclusive. Evolved. I think an equalist wants to elevate humanity, not one gender at the expense of another.
As more women move into leadership roles, my hope is that they elevate both women and men. Not one sex.
We’re all in this together. One can’t succeed without the other. We need both.
So what do you think? Will you join me in an equalist conversation?