“In the nineteenth century, the central moral challenge was slavery. In the twentieth century, it was the battle against totalitarianism. We believe that in this century the paramount moral challenge will be the struggle for gender equality around the world.”
I have come to believe what Nick and Sheryl believe and state so fiercely above, that the struggle of this century is for greater gender equality. At the Women Moving Millions INC. inaugural celebration on the 20th, I shared my story of where I think this passion started for me. I shared the story about how as a young woman at Goldman Sachs in the late 1980s I had to deal with things that no young professional should have to deal with. It opened my eyes to something I had never really had to deal with before, the abuse of power. That is where is started for me.
Over the past decade really, but especially for the past five years I have spent almost all my time that is not spent with family and friends working for greater gender equality. It is what I have logged over 500 blog entries about, it is what I give speeches about, it is why I am CEO of Women Moving Millions, it where I direct almost all my philanthropic dollars and increasingly my consumer and investment dollars as well. It is what I am about. It is beyond a passion it is a calling. I am sure there are people who think I am a little nuts, well maybe a lot nuts, but if those same people were to watch this series on television, or read the book, I hope they might feel differently.
We live in a very broken world and the majority of those that have to bear the worst of the brokenness are women and girls. Yes this is about RAPE, and sexual slavery, and lack of access to education and economic opportunities and political participation and and….. I am not saying that the world is so great for the majority of men and boys either but you just have to look at the facts, and see the opportunity, to believe that a focus on making the world better for women and girls is about making the world better for everyone. It is not men that are the problem nor do I believe in the whole ‘end of men’ thing which I find offensive in the framing. It about the patriarchal world that we live in which is bad for all of us.
I just wonder when will it be enough for enough people to care? How many millions of missing girls? How many millions of broken little girls? How many millions of maternal deaths? How many will be enough? I wish and hope and pray that this book, this film, this moment, this day, this month, this year will mark a turning point. It will be the point that we look back on and say that is when enough people said ENOUGH!!!
Let this moment be the moment when you say ENOUGH. Let this be the moment where you do something, something more, something bigger, something every day to take a stand on gender inequality. Thank you Nicholas and Sheryl for what you have done, what you are doing. It is an honor to know you, an honor to support this important work. God Bless you.
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