Sophie Gregoire Trudeau wants to 'celebrate the boys and men' on International Women's Day
In advance of International Women’s Day, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau joined CARE Canada’s Walk In Her Shoes event on Parliament Hill, March 7, 2017. (Tony Caldwell/Postmedia Network)
Let's hear it for the boys!
Sophie Gregoire Trudeau responded to criticism she received Tuesday for an Instagram post where she encouraged "girls and women" to celebrate the men in their lives for International Women's Day. The prime minister's wife said the message was about "gender equality."
Gregoire Trudeau's initial post featured a picture of her and her husband, Justin Trudeau, holding hands with the inscription: "This week, as we mark International Women’s Day, let’s celebrate the boys and men in our lives who encourage us to be who we truly are, who treat girls & women with respect, and who aren’t afraid to speak up in front of others."
In the post, she also asked Instagram users to take a picture holding hands with their "male ally" and share it using the hashtag #TomorrowInHand.
While some women did post pictures of themselves holding hands with the males in their lives, many interpreted Gregoire Trudeau's post as a slight to feminism.
"Celebrating Women's day by celebrating men!?!?! Really, I expected more," wrote one Instagram user.
Another person wrote: "What's next? 'Post your favourite white person to celebrate Black history month'? Or how about a float celebrating straight people in the pride parade? Allies are important but they don't get to be part of our day!!"
Conservative MP Michelle Rempel also weighed on Twitter, sharing a screengrab of Gregoire Trudeau's post with the words "I've never had to have my hand held."
Gregoire Trudeau posted to Instagram again later in the day, thanking people for their responses.
"Well, now we're having a conversation! Thanks to everyone for your pics and feedback! Love it," she wrote in the post. "Our goal is gender equality, and fighting for it is going to require men and women working together - raising our boys and girls to make a difference, hand-in-hand. This is about recognizing that we should be allies on this journey."
Gregoire said she will speak more on this at International Women's Day events on Wednesday.