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I'm pledging to be a better man

Today is International Women's Day. It's a great opportunity to celebrate the strong women in my life and to share my appreciation with you.

But that's not nearly enough.

It's not enough to applaud the women in my life one day a year; that should be an "every day" thing.

Appreciating women isn't about saying "thank you." Real appreciation means being a better partner. Every day.

It means letting the world know that male privilege is very real.

It means using that privilege to fight for leadership opportunities for women.

It means calling out sexism even – or especially – in spaces where no women are present.

It means recognizing that trans women and women of color face unique challenges, and seeking opportunities to support them and amplify their voices.

It means holding men to the same standards as women and demanding others do, too.

It means taking responsibility for my actions.

For me, it means pledging to be a better man, and doing it.

None of this is easy to do. Few worthwhile things are. And I'm sure I'll make mistakes along the way.

But if we're going to work toward a better world for all people, where appreciating women is more than an annual novelty, then it's time to step up. Because it's the least we can do for the women in our lives.


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Posted on March 8, 2019.

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Joe Kennedy III represents Massachusetts' 4th District in Congress. A principled and passionate advocate for economic, social, and racial justice, Joe is working to improve access to quality, affordable health care, and is determined to fight for all who call this country home.

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