Last week, my family gathered to watch the Women's World Cup Final between the United States and Netherlands. As we celebrated the 2-0 victory that unfolded, my 7-year-old said, "I want to be Megan Rapinoe when I grow up."
Then, while watching the cooking competition The Final Table, my youngest son saw Maori chef Monique Riko representing Indigenous women following their dreams. He yelled, "She's Indigenous! She's Indigenous!" when he heard her story.
These are the same boys who have grown up with women in leadership all around them. They watch and support me as a full-time author and public speaker, and they have been part of two churches that have had women as head pastors. They see women in politics leading difficult conversations. Their teachers, who are women, are showing them why education matters.