#PledgeForParity and #HeForShe: On International Women’s Day, take the pledge and count yourself in

(Source: Emma Watson via Twitter)
(Source: Emma Watson via Twitter)

Happy International Women’s Day, Taylor Nation!

Here at the Swift Agency, just a guy who like many others decided to Take The Pledge, we’ve got a long way to go. This is one article that I really wish I wouldn’t have to write in 2016. It’s not just about rights. To quote the International Women’s Day site: It’s about helping women and girls achieve their ambitions. It’s about challenging conscious and unconscious bias. It’s about a call for gender-balanced leadership. It’s about giving the same value to women and men’s contributions equally. It’s about creating inclusive, flexible cultures. Pick one of those, the one closes to your heart and start there.

Emma Watson and Chirlane McCray turned the Empire State Building pink (or magenta if you prefer) to celebrate International Women’s Day. Both are activists for HeForShe.org, a movement inviting people around the world to stand together to create a bold, visible force for gender equality.

As for the Blonde With The Sparkly Guitar, she took the pledge to help women and girls achieve their ambitions.

I decided to go a different route and instead, I chose to challenge conscious and unconscious bias. As guys we often fell prey to this one. Even the word “feminist” strikes a lot of guys as bad because we’re blind to see what it means. You want freedom for those in slavery and justice for those unfairly treated. You need to call attention to the oppressed, calling for rights for everyone dilutes their struggle. But even if you choose not to call yourself a feminist, bravo if you’re actively making sure the bias against gender parity gets taken down. Cheers if you’re willing to challenge it when you see it happen. It’s something tough to challenge the status quo and stand against it, but I think it ultimately benefits both genders.

Coming up next in the Calendar:

  • March 12: Taylor Swift is nominated for Nickelodeon’s 29th Kids Choice Awards for Favorite Female Singer, Favorite Song of the Year for “Bad Blood” with Kendrick Lamar, and Favorite Collaboration for ‘Bad Blood’ with Kendrick Lamar. You can vote by going to nick.com/KCA, or via hashtag on Twitter by using BOTH #KCA and #VoteTaylorSwift, #VoteBadBlood or #VoteBadBloodCollab. Original tweets and retweets count.
  • April 3:  Taylor Swift is nominated for the 2016 iHeartRadio Music Awards for Song of the Year for “Blank Space”, Female Artist of the Year, Album of the Year for 1989, Best Tour of the Year for The 1989 World Tour, Best Collaboration for “Bad Blood”, Best Meme-able Moment for “Blank Space”, Best Fan Army for #Swifties and Best Cover Song for Alessia Cara Covering Taylor Swift.

(Sources: International Women’s DayHeForShe.org)