There’s not a country in the world that has achieved gender equality. Women and girls continue to be undervalued. They work more, earn less and have fewer choices, and many experience multiple forms of violence at home and in public spaces. Furthermore, we’re starting to see a rollback of some hard-won feminist wins. However, let’s not go too far down that rabbit hole, because small challenges can make big differences. For example, try challenging binary words. It’s humankind not mankind, and insisting on the change will transform beliefs and patterns of discrimination. Another challenge – pay to watch movies directed by women. The more money a “woman’s” movie makes, the more opportunity there will be for other women to make movies. And how about challenging what we call little girls, like princesses or bossy? You can change the trajectory of a girl’s life if you call her bold and brilliant, and teach her self worth from the moment she’s conceived.
Do you have a few ideas bubbling up about how you want to choose to challenge harmful norms that limit girls and women from living their best lives? To move you to action, we offer a playlist of women from around the world choosing to challenge by how they sing, what they sing about, and who they sing for. Grab their vibe and let it inspire action.