The United Nations marked October 11 the International Day of the Girl to raise awareness about “the neglect and devaluation of girls around the world.” In an act of unflinching support for the “worldwide revolution” — a movement that most easily and best manifests as a public, digital conversation that concerns itself not with making more noise about the condition of inequality but, similarly to the issue of cultural appropriation within fashion (and beyond), demands actionable changes and solutions, we submit the following:
We’re going to talk about how we can actually make a difference. No, I don’t just mean say we’ll do something to make a difference, I mean we sit here and we about the achievable ways in which we could actually positively affect the rampant inequality that plagues so many of the girls-becoming-women globally and do something about it. No one person can do everything (except like, Beyoncé), but together, we can do a bunch of small things, that amount to big things, that result in sincere change.
So let’s talk about it, right? What can we do to help? What can we do to be better? It doesn’t have to be big — it can be as simple as launching a podcast hosted by a kind and very talented male filmmaker who is interested in changing the way in which male interviewers approach women in an intimate and comfortable setting — it just has to be honest.
So let’s get thinking.