By Rachel S. Mayer, The New York TimesA few weeks ago, my husband and I made a decision.
It was a difficult decision, but one that we both felt would have a major impact on our lives.
We both had the same reaction: Boys don’t get girls.
I know this because I’ve been there, too.
We’ve both been in situations where we’ve been taught that we need to be perfect and be able to fit into the boxes of what it means to be a woman in American society.
Our reactions were triggered by our own experiences.
We were raised to think that our sexual orientation or gender identity is an obstacle to being a good wife and mother, or that we are the problem, not the solution.
We also grew up in a culture that encouraged the assumption that women, especially girls, can’t be trusted with power.
In the last five years, we’ve witnessed this shift in our country, where young women are increasingly afraid to speak up, especially about issues like sexual harassment and sexual assault.
We have to fight to change this, and we need all women to join us.
As a mother, I want my daughters to feel empowered.
They are my first priority.
They need to know that the world is fair and they can be anything they want to be.
I want them to feel safe and secure and respected.
I don’t want them getting angry or having feelings of inadequacy, and I don