Thrive Global: Together, We Rise



Thrive Global: Together, We Rise

Why Allies Matter in the Fight for Gender Equality

Melissa Waggener Zorkin, Thrive Global, Mar. 6, 2020

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When my husband and I got married, we decided the rings we would wear every day ought to reflect the deepest of our shared commitments: the idea that we would both contribute equally, to our relationship and to the world. That’s why if you look inside my wedding ring, you’ll find a simple engraving: “50/50.”

And over the years, I think we’ve honored that commitment to equality. To me, “equality” means giving everyone an equal opportunity to contribute, to speak out, to make change. That’s why the theme of this year’s International Women’s Day, #EachforEqual, really resonates with me. As the IWD website puts it: “Equality is not a women’s issue”—it’s everyone’s issue. We can’t rise unless we rise together.