Equality is very important to me. I have never been able to tolerate discrimination. I also am not the type of person to hold picket signs or wave banners. So what is a person like me to do to show my support for equality? A more subtle way to support equality is possible!
What if showing support for equality were as simple as wearing a tee shirt while working out at the gym? What if showing we love the differences that exist between us, those things that make each of us special was as easy as being willing to tell someone what the logo on our beanie means?
Disclosure: This is a sponsored article however I am deeply involved with this amazing organization and believe in their cause, and message 100%!
I have teamed up with Equal to help spread the word about equality. I first introduced you to Equal in January and since then I have become even more involved in working with them. Their ideals are clear and the manner in which they want to get their message out is simple: We March Everyday!
While joining in on rallies, parades, and groups is a great way to bond, find like minded people, and promote our values, what we do every day matters most. Equal wants each of us to march every day, and be willing to talk with others about our beliefs and values.
Whether speaking to the girl at the check out counter, or someone on the treadmill next to you at the gym, it’s everyday discussion that keeps equality in the minds and hearts of others.
That is why I love wearing my Equal gear! Every time I wear my beanie, bracelet, or tee, someone asks me what the symbol means. This starts up the conversation naturally, and I do not feel like I am pushing my beliefs on anyone. A natural organic conversation begins. I always keep these conversations short because when I feel right about something, I do not feel the need to force feed the message.
100% of proceeds from the Equal shop support equality causes. This organization is not out to make money, but to obtain cash flow to promote equality everywhere. Speaking of which, I am just itching to tell you all about something big happening in my own state thanks to Equal, but we are still working on the details. Once it happens though, I will be telling you about it here on Fashion Beyond Forty!
Please learn more about Equal by visiting their About page but in the mean time please read this excerpt from them:
We need to make this belief in equality: (1) positive and (2) ubiquitous. It must permeate all communities and be so present and so positive every day, that policymakers, business owners and even narrow minded neighbors will have to take notice. But, it’s not a massive protest that creates friction and begets accommodation. It’s a quiet march that happens every day, everywhere. At the gym, the supermarket, the restaurant, walking down the street. If we are everywhere, if we present a united, positive identity, we’ll change minds, communities and the world.
I love this above statement because it fits in line with my own personality, and feelings. We need not raise hell to promote our beliefs. We need not bicker, argue, or fight in order to let others know how we feel.
The realistic side of me knows that not all of our beliefs align. I also know from being a mother, and midlife woman, that sometimes, the softest voices are heard the loudest!
Think about it. We all have that friend who is always complaining, or belly aching about something. We tend to tune them out after awhile. It is that friend who rarely speaks up, rarely let’s their voice be heard that we pay attention to when they have something meaningful to say!
I want to leave you with this video, which speaks volumes.