The new face of feminism looks an awful lot like Justin Trudeau. Recently we attended the Catalyst Awards Dinner at the Waldorf Astoria, where Canadian Prime Minister, The Right Honorable Justin Trudeau was the evening’s featured speaker. Catalyst is an organization dedicated to accelerating progress for women through workplace inclusion, and each year they honor initiatives that address the recruitment, development and advancement of all women. This year’s honoree was Gap Inc. for its global initiative and strategy dedicated to promoting gender equality in the workplace. Prime Minister Trudeau, who recently made news for establishing Canada’s first gender-balanced Cabinet, gave a moving speech on gender equality. We appreciate his dedication to gender equality and inclusiveness, and we are delighted that he is a self-described feminist!
Prime Minister Trudeau’s speech centered around four values: empowerment, accountability, courage and humility:
As you know, “empowerment” is one of those concepts that’s easy to talk about, but challenging to put into practice. Anything that fundamentally shifts a power balance is going to take time, and a lot of hard work.
Because at the end of the day, we are all accountable, women and men. We are all responsible for making sure that the change we want to see around the boardroom table is a topic of discussion around the dinner table.
We must use our privilege to be advocates for change, both within our own communities and on the international stage… it is our responsibility to be more inclusive, to expand opportunity, and to always demand better – of ourselves and others.
The Catalyst Awards Dinner was a moment for us to acknowledge the work that our predecessors have done, the progress that has been made, and the privileged role we possess. We were inspired by Prime Minister Trudeau’s speech and his call to action to challenge the status quo.