When I started this blog, I was most interested in speaking to women and helping them find the motivation and inspiration to push forward in a world that is sometimes unfriendly, and other times outright hostile, to them. Of course, I hoped that men would read this too, but I understood that in naming this The Girl Power Code, I was probably turning off a large segment of the male population.
Going forward, however, I hope to make men a larger part of the discussion here. It may seem counter intuitive, but men are a critical part of the solution to our gender gaps. How we raise our boys and the expectations we place on our men is just as important as empowering our women and is key to creating the cultural shifts necessary to reach true equality.
Last night, I came across this Op-Ed piece by comedian, Michael Ian Black, titled, The Boys Are Not Alright. He provides powerful insight into how boys and men experience gender in our culture and how we all lose when we don’t give them permission to express the full range of their humanity. I encourage all boys and men (and girls and women, too, of course) to read this and give it some thought. We must do better for our boys. Our futures depend on it.