As a parent reading Maria Shriver’s report, “A woman’s nation pushes back from the brink,” and finding out that one-third of American women are living at or near the brink of poverty, I wondered: How as parents do we make sense of these abysmal facts? How do we use them to make a difference?
One thought is that we begin a dialog with our children, as they are the future leaders of the world. If, as a mother, you want your daughters treated fairly, then we must take the time to speak with our sons about gender equity, to ensure that they grow-up with the thought of equality between men and women being the rule and not a welcomed exception. The old saying goes, “charity begins at home and ends abroad” and I dare say, so does gender equality.