From passionate commitment to temporary hashtag campaigners, childhood activism is a great thing to those of us who ardently believe, contrary to the adage, that children should be seen AND heard. As a father of two and an advocate for many social and environmental causes myself, it's exciting to see the growing number of young activists.
Make no mistake, however. There's nothing gender neutral about having a baby. Pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum recovery are strictly women's issues. Since healthy women are the foundation for producing healthy babies, the design of any family leave program must prioritize the needs of women over those of men.
In parts of Africa and Asia, witch-hunting is alive and well, in a very literal sense. And, just like those Salem trials, 21st-century witch-hunting functions as a thinly veiled patriarchal scheme to target and punish women, as well as members of other disenfranchised groups, such as the mentally ill.