FoF: The Women In Red

Marla TrevinoFatherhood Friday

March 8 is International Women’s Day, and this year we celebrated in a number of ways. Some observed the #DayWithoutAWoman walkout, and/or wore red as a sign of solidarity. Others, like the ONE Campaign (below), brought attention to the 130 million girls across the world that are denied access to an education.

For us, supporting these efforts is a no-brainer, and not just because these women are our wives, mothers, girlfriends, daughters, aunts, nieces, friends, colleagues, bosses, employees, professors, babysitters, landlords, accountants, insurance brokers, Senators, design consultants, and executive vice presidents for global product development.

Each of us is a dad because a woman–one we’ve built a life with, or knew briefly a long time ago, or never even met–put her body and soul through the unknowable (to us) rigors of childbirth. Which is a big deal, all by itself.

In a nutshell, we’re in the business of encouraging healthy relationships between parents and kids, and recognizing that families are happier and more functional when parents feel free to pursue whatever family structure works best. To that end, women’s rights–to the jobs and wages they want, the health care they need, and the dignity and respect they deserve–are human rights.

Of International Women’s Day, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said, “Let us all pledge to do everything we can to overcome entrenched prejudice, support engagement and activism, and promote gender equality and women’s empowerment.” We’re down with that.

IN THE NEWS

Kids are watching the news, which is good. They don’t know whom to trust, which is bad.

Some dads will do anything to help get their kid get a day off school; having a metal detector helps.

Control is an illusion, parents. Accidents will happen. (And not only hit-and-run.)

One in five children in the United States lives in a food-insecure household.

Nostalgia cooking” is a great way to celebrate old memories and make new ones with your kid.

New research shows what modern dads are actually like. Now, in three flavors!

Drastic times call for drastic measures: “It’s time to hurt the children.”

Research shows that 61% of dads have left or changed jobs to spend more time with their children.

Boys need to know it’s not a sign of weakness to seek help.

PORCHLIGHT POSTS

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