...you don't consider them a burden. You don't abort them just because of their sex. You don't bury them alive as newborns. You don't treat them as property. You don't kill them because they won't marry who you want. You don't belittle them. You don't prevent them from living their lives, whatever they may be.
This is why you treat them as human beings with agency. This is why those 18,000,000 cracks in the glass ceiling need to become a wide open space for anyone and everyone to go through. This is why I snark, argue, fight, won't put up with any crap from anyone, and vote.
Maybe it's why I force myself into knots in male-dominated institutions, opening my mouth and pushing against the status quo and the women who roll over and support it.
It's CERTAINLY why a number of Christmas presents will be donations to support girls in school, sex education, women in business, female literacy, all of it.
And yeah, that includes the 'only boys can be altar servers/priests/head of any religion and women are only there to clean up after us/be patronised/bear us children' crowd.
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It's time to restore the balance. (Video and inspiration to blog this via Shakesville)