- We still don’t earn equal pay for equal work. On average, women make 20% less than men.
- We still don’t have equal education or career opportunities. Women currently hold 5% of Fortune 500 CEO positions and 5.3% of Fortune 1000 CEO positions. (And 95% of Fortune 500 CEO positions are held by Caucasians.)
- We still suffer from sexual harassment and sexual assault on the street, at the office and in our homes. We are still too often blamed for the abuse.
- We still have Miss America for fuck sakes.
And I’m only talking about the western world. These are just some of the things happening in our own backyards. We still have a long way to go.
But I have an easy ask. I've been wondering what one specific change we could all take on that would help elevate respect for women in general. And it came to me: stop calling women girls.
I think it’s something we can all do. It may seem small, maybe even pointless, but it’s not, because women are not girls and to call them girls is belittling.
When you call a man a boy do you mean it as a compliment? Not likely.
So the next time you are about to call a woman a girl, stop and correct yourself. If you just called a woman a girl, take it back. Correct yourself.
That’s it. That’s all I ask.