Are We Chasing Clout or Change?

These days, it seems like we only address important social topics when there is a label or hashtag attached. Over the past couple few months, I’ve noticed a lot of posts during Black History Month and on International Women’s Day (IWD). But… where are those posts now? Why does our attention pivot to the latest movement? Recently, it seems to be around hate and violence towards the AAPI community.

If we’re being real… Every day needs to be International Women’s Day. Every month needs to be Black History Month. Every person needs to Stop AAPI Hate. We don’t stop celebrating ourselves and our growth when it’s not our birthdays, so why should we stop talking about the progress we’re making or not making when it comes to important topics and issues?

It doesn’t help if we only speak up about these issues when we’re expected to, we need to speak up even when no one is listening.

Now, I am not saying that we shouldn’t celebrate these days. I think it is great that we have days and months to recognize and raise awareness about these important topics and issues. However, the conversation needs to continue everyday afterwards. I love IWD’s 2021 Theme of #ChooseToChallenge, and I’d like to #ChooseToChallenge everyone to post about an important topic regardless of what event of the day or month it is.

Here is a list of topics and issues that we should keep caring about (I’ll try to update this with new topics that I come across):

TopicWhy You Should Care
International Women’s DayThere are at least 23 Ways Women Still Aren’t Equal to Men and progress needs to be accelerated in these areas. Every company talks about D&I, but women are still making less than men (and the pay gaps is even worse for women of colour). We still see fewer women in leadership roles and positions of authority.
Black Lives MatterDespite our huge efforts in 2020, has anything really changed? People like Daunte Wright and countless others are still getting killed by police officers in 2021. Unfair biases and systemic racism still plague our society. We still see fewer people of colour in the workplace and in leadership roles or positions of authority.
Stop AAPI HateHate against Asian American Pacific Islander communities has risen during the COVID-19 pandemic. This is causing xenophobia and discrimination towards innocent people. In the US alone, over 3.8K incidents have been reported. This does not even include the feelings of fear, uncertainty, and discomfort that people are now feeling when they are going out.
Global Accessibility Awareness DayThere are over 1B people around the world who have disabilities or impairments. In 2020, WebAIM analyzed one million home pages for accessibility issues and found that 98% of websites are not accessibility friendly. It is important to learn about accessibility and create inclusive products and solutions for everyone.
Earth DayOur children, grandchildren, and future generations deserve to live on a healthy planet. There is still a lot of work to do around climate change, science and education, plastic and pollution, and more.
Indigenous AwarenessWith over 1.6 million people in Canada identifying as Indigenous, it is essential to recognize the heritage, diversity, and rights of Indigenous Nations. 

Key Takeaways

  1. Don’t stop at making that post on a certain day of the year. Keep these important topics relevant by sharing your voice often.
  2. Live your truth. Actions speak louder than words, so what are you doing each day to help the world make progress?
  3. Keep learning. Make an effort to learn about new topics and issues, and share your learnings with others.