While this eighth day of March mark’s International Women’s Day, Canadian Prime Minister wife Sophie Gregoire Trudeau had something to say about men on the holiday’s eve—social-media chaos soon erupted following her thoughts.
“As we mark International Women’s Day, let’s celebrate the boys and men in our lives who encourage us to be who we truly are, who treat girls & women with respect,” Sophie Gregoire Trudeau wrote on Instagram.
Gregoire Trudeau accompanied her words with a picture of herself and husband PM Justin Trudeau (self-declared feminist)—they lovingly held hands while looking into one another’s eyes.
She felt the photo would “create a movement that inspires more men to join the fight to build a better tomorrow with equal rights & opportunities for everyone…because #EqualityMatters,” she added in her post.
[Katie Couric & Sophie Gregoire Trudea | Video: courtesy of Yahoo! News]
Upon her posting this with asking women to post a similar photo with their respective, male partner, many employed a candid effort to attack her words on many social-media outlets such as:
“I’ve never had to have my hand held,” conservative MP Michelle Rempel posted on Twitter. “Women’s Day is about women, not men!!”
A Vancouver woman followed with “This is so problematic; I don’t even know where to start. International Women’s Day is a day to celebrate intersectional feminism and acknowledge the strides women have taken for equality while simultaneously acknowledging the active misogyny women and women-identified individuals encounter on a daily basis. It is NOT a day about men.”
However, Gregoire Trudeau confidently endured these words and said in a Women’s Day Eve post, “Well, now we’re having a conversation! … Our goal is gender equality, and fighting for it is going to require men and women working together—raising our boys and girls to make a difference (hand-in-hand). This is about recognizing that we should be allies on this journey.”
First ladies, political women and women everywhere should take note of this exemplary woman. Men and woman can and do work together toward a better society.