Promoting gender equality is a movement that people are focusing on around the globe. Since this is so large scale, you might be wondering what just one individual can do. There are actually a lot of things you can do to make a difference! Unfortunately, it’s likely that you’ve either witnessed gender inequality or even been a victim. It’s frustrating, and can be really hard to cope with. The good news is that you can make a change. The time to get started is now!
EditBeing a Vocal Advocate for Equality
Learn about gender equality. If you’re standing up for gender equality, it’s important to educate yourself. Take some time to learn about some of the major issues, such as inequality in the workplace and the cost of healthcare. You can read scholarly articles about the subject because you want an expert, objective take on the subject. 
You can get started by researching gender equality online. Pull up articles using search engines such as Google Scholar or an academic database like JSTOR.
You could also take a course on gender either at your local college or online.
Educate others about gender equality. You can share what you’ve learned with others. This doesn’t mean you should go around lecturing everyone you meet, but you can definitely correct misconceptions.
For example, if someone at work says they don’t believe that the wage gap is true, you could say, “Actually, it is true that statistically women are paid less than men. Here, let me show you this interesting article I read on the subject.”
Make sure not to dominate the conversation. Other people might have helpful information to share, too. Be ready to listen.
Speak up if you witness sexism. You likely witness examples of sexism every day. It could be in the form of gender stereotypes, inappropriate comments, or unwanted advances. If you see something that seems off, it probably is. Don’t be afraid to speak up. 
Maybe you’ve seen one of your friends put down a female sports reporter. Speak up and say, “Women are just as qualified as men to talk about baseball.”
You might feel objectified if someone on the street catcalls you. You have the right to say, “Stop!”
For example, if you are at a bar and a patron keeps touching a female server, you could say, “Excuse me, she’s trying to do her job. Let’s keep things professional.”
Be aware of safety. If the person seems volatile, don’t confront them. Your safety is the most important thing.
Use social media as your platform. You can use your social media accounts to promote gender equality. One way is to share information about upcoming events. You could post a link to a women’s march in your area and say, “I’ll be there! Who wants to join me?”
You can also support large social media campaigns such as #MeToo. If someone you know shares their story, offer a supportive statement.
Educate yourself about intersectionality. Intersectionality means that all aspects of identity must be considered, especially when examining oppression. For example, a Latina women cannot separate her ethnicity from her gender identity. Both must be considered when looking at the specific challenges she faces. These pieces of identify intersect.
Avoid making feminism about groups of people in power. If you are a white cis person, make sure to include other groups in your discussions so that you can understand different perspectives and experiences.
Promote the rights of trans and nonbinary people, in addition to women. Remember that not everyone fits into the traditional categories of male and female. When promoting gender equality, support trans and binary people in the following ways:
Don’t assume someone’s gender
If you’re not sure of pronouns, listen or ask
Respect the person’s terminology
Support gender neutral restrooms
EditPromoting Gender Equality in the Workplace
Listen to women. Sometimes women struggle to be heard in the workplace. They are more likely to be interrupted or dismissed. Be an advocate for the women in your workplace.
If you see a woman trying to break into the conversation, say, “I’d like to hear additional thoughts on the issue. Julie, what do you think?”
Make sure women receive credit for their ideas and work. Women often are not given enough credit for what they do in the workplace. If your female colleague comes up with an innovative way to streamline office communication, take some time at the next team meeting to say, “Let’s all thank Kate for her great ideas about implementing this new system.”
Give women constructive feedback. People tend to give women vague feedback, such as simply saying “good job” or “you need to improve.” Men typically receive much more specific feedback, which helps them to improve. Make it a point to give the women you work with helpful feedback.
If you’re a manager, you might say, “I really liked your ideas about how to improve productivity. Next time the subject comes up, I’d like you to volunteer to take the lead on implementing changes.”
Challenge gender expectations. Women are much more likely than men to receive negative comments about their personality. For example, a strong woman might be labeled “bossy” or “shrill”. The next time you hear someone make comments like this about a woman, ask them for a specific example. You can also say, “Would you have the same reaction if a man had acted the same way?” 
Celebrate and encourage women. Women often don’t get enough credit for their accomplishments in the workplace. Make sure to acknowledge their contributions. You could say, “Julie brought in the most new accounts this year. Let’s all give her a round of applause.” 
Help increase female confidence by encouraging them to go for promotions or new positions. You could say, “You definitely have what it takes to be the team lead. You should apply!”
EditBecoming Politically and Socially Active
Use your vote to support female and feminist candidates. Do your research on candidates and find out where they stand on women’s rights. Support those candidates by voting for them. One of the best ways to implement change is to get more people into office who are willing to fight for gender equality. 
Remember to vote in local, state, and national elections. They’re all important!
Contact your representatives about important policies and legislation. Let your representatives know that gender equality is an important issue to you. Reach out to them and ask them to stand up for gender equality. You can call or email your representatives. You can also make an appointment to visit them in person at their office.
For example, you can call your Senator to voice your views on funding for Planned Parenthood. You can say, “I am your constituent and I want you to work to make sure Planned Parenthood receives more funding.”
Attend marches or rallies. Look for events that are being held near you. There might be a rally about women’s healthcare or about equal pay. Go to a march or rally and take some friends with you! This is a great way to show your support for gender equality. 
Join an organization that promotes gender equality. Many workplaces have groups for females. These groups can be for women to talk about issues that they are dealing with and also a time for women to support each other. Ask around to see if your office has a group like this. If not, ask if you can start one. 
Most colleges and universities will also have these types of groups. Many even have a women’s center, which will sponsor events that promote gender equality.
Run for office. If you want to enact change, holding office is a great way get started. You can start by running for city council or the school board. Or shoot for the stars and run for a state or national office. There are lots of resources out there to help you with your first campaign. Check out Emily’s List and Run for Something for help. 
EditFinding Causes to Support
Research different organizations that focus on supporting gender equality. There are many ways that you can make a difference in your community, but don’t forget that this is a global issue. Take some time to look for organizations whose mission you agree with before supporting them.
You can start with a simple Google search. Read the “About” section on websites, and take a look at what the organization stands for.
Maybe you’ve heard about the Time’s Up movement. Check out their website to see exactly how their legal defense fund will help people dealing with sexual harassment, abuse, or inequality in the workplace.
You can broaden your search to look for organizations that work on more specific issues. You could look for an organization that helps victims of domestic violence, for example.
Donate money to a cause by making an online donation or writing a check. Once you’ve found an organization you’d like to support, you can make a difference by donating money. You can make a one time donation or set up a recurring option.
For example, if you are interested in supporting women’s healthcare, make a donation to Planned Parenthood. You can simply click on the “Donate” button on their website.
Your monetary donation will help ensure that women can receive affordable health care for things like pap smears and breast exams.
If you can’t afford to give money, give your time. Contact the organization and ask how you can volunteer.
Raise money for an organization by fundraising. There are many ways to raise money. You could collect donations and organize a silent auction, or you could try posting about an organization on social media. Raising funds will allow you to donate more money so that the organization you’ve chosen can continue it’s work. It will also help bring more awareness to the cause.
Try making a post on social media saying, “To celebrate my birthday this year, I’d love it if my friends and family can support the cause that is important to me.” Add a link where they can simply click to donate.
Remember that everyone can promote gender equality, not just women.
Don’t be afraid to speak up if you notice discrimination.
Find a support system if you are personally dealing with inequality.
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