We have been living in world where power and money have sucked all the oxygen out of every room for too long. It’s past time to bring other values to the same level. We need kindness, empathy and generosity to be as equally important as, well, everything else really.
It’s not enough to say we need more women in leadership or in politics. Margaret Thatcher wasn’t much of an improvement on the kindness and empathy front, and plenty of men have enough of each to spare. It’s not about gender, it’s about values and a diversity of viewpoints. What we need are leaders who act as if people (all of them) matter more than money or power.
And before you object that I’m laying it on too thick with the lens thing, remember how long it took to change the national anthem’s “in all thy sons” to “in all of us.” And that until 2020 the Royal Canadian Navy called all its sailors “seaman” regardless of what gender they identified with. We’re not as far ahead as we like to think.
Instead of picking a few boss ladies to honour this International Women’s Day, why not work to make everybody, regardless of gender, count as true equal partners in this society, every day of the year? I’d celebrate that.
Brigitte Pellerin is an Ottawa writer.
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