Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, the wife of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, generated quite the Twitter storm the evening before International Women’s Day by suggesting that men should be celebrated, too. Posting a photo on Instagram of herself alongside her self-proclaimed feminist husband holding hands, she wrote, “As we mark International Women’s Day, let’s celebrate the boys and men in our lives who encourage us to be who we truly are, who treat girls & women with respect.”
Trudeau urged women to follow suit and post a similar picture with their male ally in the hopes, she wrote, that this could help to foster a “movement that inspires more men to join the fight to build a better tomorrow with equal rights & opportunities for everyone … because #EqualityMatters.”
Are you ready to ignite change? This week, as we mark International Women’s Day, let’s celebrate the boys and men in our lives who encourage us to be who we truly are, who treat girls & women with respect, and who aren’t afraid to speak up in front of others. Take a picture holding hands with your male ally & share it on social media using the hashtag #TomorrowInHand. Together, we can create a movement that inspires more men to join the fight to build a better tomorrow with equal rights & opportunities for everyone… because #EqualityMatters. 🤝 Êtes-vous prêtes à faire des étincelles pour allumer un changement ? Cette semaine, à l’occasion de la Journée internationale des femmes, célébrons les garçons et les hommes qui nous encouragent à être qui nous sommes vraiment, qui traitent les filles et les femmes avec respect et qui n’ont pas peur de parler haut devant les autres. Prenez une photo main dans la main avec votre allié et diffusez-la dans les médias sociaux avec le mot-clic #DemainEnMains. Ensemble, nous pouvons susciter un mouvement qui incitera davantage d’hommes à lutter avec nous pour des lendemains meilleurs, l’égalité des droits et des chances pour tous … parce que l’#Égalitécompte.
Unfortunately, the post didn’t quite garner the intended response. Rather than joining her in the celebration of male allies, numerous women chimed in to point out that International Women’s Day is the one day in the year that is just about women, with one woman in Vancouver writing, “International women’s day is a day to celebrate intersectional feminism and acknowledge the strides women have taken for equality while simultaneously acknowledging the active misogyny women and women identified individuals encounter on a daily basis. It is NOT a day about men.” Meanwhile, Conservative MP, Michelle Rempel, pointed out that she had never had her “hand held” and that “Women’s day is about women, not men!!”
But Trudeau was undeterred by the criticism, writing in a follow-up post on Tuesday, “Well, now we’re having a conversation!”
“Our goal is gender equality, and fighting for it is going to require men and women working together — raising our boys and girls to make a difference, hand-in-hand. This is about recognizing that we should be allies on this journey.”
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