la journée internationale de la femme

Below is an article from today’s Guardian that lists, in their opinion, the ten best feminists.  As I was reading it, I thought to myself – why are there no men on this list?  And then, at the very bottom, I saw that one man had been selected.

There are many men on this planet who are feminists.  Just as there are many women who are not.

My father was a feminist, bless him.  “You can do anything….and your mother and I will support you” is the message I received growing up.  I was encouraged to travel, broaden my horizons, see other cultures, learn other languages, and, in general, get an education.

“l’émancipation des femmes passe par l’éducation”

“women’s empowerment involves education”

That’s my message on International Women’s Day and in that respect I pay homage to Malala Yousafzai who, while on her way home from school in 2012, was shot in the head by a member of the depraved Taliban group; medieval degenerates who, among other things, force women to wear sacks over their bodies.  At age 17, Yousafzai is the youngest-ever Nobel Prize laureate and an activist for female education.

But males need to be educated too.

Education, for both girls and boys, women and men, is a first step to freedom from oppression and ignorance.  Because oppression and ignorance are prisons.  As is poverty.  As are those sacks that women are forced to wear over their bodies.

Plus les hommes seront éclairés, et plus ils seront libres.

The more enlightened people are, the more they will be free.  (Voltaire)

Education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom.

George Washington Carver

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