What’s Good For Men is Good For Women

If you haven’t seen the now-viral video on sexual assault released by the White House this week, you should take a moment and watch.

Watch and listen. Let the message sink in. Not just because famous actors and our Vice President and President are saying it. Because it’s an important one.

Because these well-known men are right: Sexual assault is happening to our sisters. And our daughters. And our wives. And our friends.

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This video is also important because it’s a great example of men using their voices. Using their voices to talk about women.

I don’t think this type of initiative would have happened five years ago. Not because it wasn’t happening in America, but because it wasn’t something the people who create national conversations were concerned with talking about. Much of the credit goes to so many women who have stepped up and good men like Vice President Joe Biden, who has consistently been a leader on women’s issues, and other good men who toil behind the scenes trying to make a difference with their words and lives.

This video – and the national conversation we were able to create with “The Shriver Report: A Woman’s Nation Pushes Back From the Brink” – shows that as a society, we’re moving to a place where we’re in agreement: what’s good for men … is good for women … is good for men.

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It’s the truth. What’s good for men is what’s good for women. What’s good for women is what’s good for men.

I’ve been thinking of all the ways we can do that – talk to men about women. Talk to women about men. Talk to everyone about each other.

I like to talk about creating a Family University at our kitchen table.  This is a perfect topic.

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Talk to your daughters and sons.

Make sure your sons understand that “no” means no. Make sure your girls know that there are people out there who care how they’re treated and what happens to them. And that it’s ok to say no.

The Shriver Report is fueled by the purpose of inspiring conversation and igniting change. The White House’s  “1 is 2 Many” video is trying to do the same thing.

I’m so encouraged by this video.

Bravo.

Tell me, will you join me in having this Family University conversation tonight at the kitchen table? I hope so.

About the Author

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Maria Shriver is a mother of four, a Peabody and Emmy Award-winning journalist and producer, a six-time New York Times best-selling author, and an NBC News Special Anchor covering the shifting roles, emerging power and evolving needs of women in modern life. Since 2009, Shriver has produced a groundbreaking series of Shriver Reports that chronicle and explore seismic shifts in the American culture and society affecting women today. Shriver was California’s First Lady from 2003 to 2010 and, during that time, she spearheaded what became the nation's premier forum for women, The Women's Conference. Shriver's work is driven by her belief that all of us have the ability to be what she calls Architects of Change -- people who see a problem in their own life or the community around them, then step out of their comfort zone and do what it takes to create the solution. Like her page on Facebook or follow her on Instagram.

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