|Issue #20: Daddy's Girl
In this historic month, as Scotland votes to stay in the United Kingdom
and Emma Watson launches the United Nations' #HeForShe
campaign (with the aim of getting 1 billion men worldwide to pledge their support for gender equality in the next 12 months), there is a real sense that working together as a team is better. If men and women team up to champion diversity and dispel gender bias and stereotypes, everyone wins - not just the ladies.
However, most articles about gender inequality are written by and targeted at women. Before individuals (and men in particular) can support a change initiative
, they must first be convinced that there is something wrong with the status quo. Women are pretty attune to gender bias, but men sometimes need a trigger (a shared experience or a female mentor) before they fully engage in the debate. One question I have been asking myself is whether having a daughter is a trigger.
Given I am not male and don't have a daughter (not yet!), I thought it would be interesting to ask two fathers who each have two daughters, Richard and Joel, if having a girl really does change how men feel about women's issues and what kind of world they hope their daughters will grow up in. I hope you find their stories as insightful as I did.
Not forgetting that the gender debate works both ways - there is still so much pressure on boys and men to act like "men". This can cause issues
in itself and we explore these with Mr Smith in our Men's Corner.
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