One of Change In Our Lifetime, Inc’s core beliefs is that issues of gender equality transect everything. Someone once said to me that “Everything isn’t about gender equality.” I would disagree. Issues of inequality undermine women’s participation in military service, receiving adequate and equal access to healthcare (and we are not talking about abortion), being treated with respect and being protected by the police, parity with respect to jobs and pay in the workforce, position in the poverty state and more. We aren’t saying that we should not be proud of accomplishments that have been made, but if you look at the progress women have made, it’s just the beginning of the climb. Tighten those hiking books, grab a sip of water and let’s get started. Slow and steady – but always moving forward. Our story is very young. The next chapters we write are up to us.