We can fully recognize the leaps and bounds that have already been made. Women can now do things like vote, and ride astride horses instead of using a sidesaddle, and veto corsets and bustles in favor of sneakers and sweatpants. There's no denying that advancements have been made. But one thing is also clear: we are not there yet.
My 4-year-old son decided this weekend that he wants to "get married with" his best friend. Yesterday he carefully chose a sparkly princess crown ring at the mall, and this morning before preschool he very earnestly offered it to her. She graciously accepted and told him she loved him, while her mom and I eavesdropped around the corner and tried not to cry.