Be a stakeholder
To truly understand another person’s perspective, you have to hear it firsthand. Ask the women in your life — your friends, family, co-workers — about their lives and listen, deeply, to their experiences.
Find a way to internalize and stake yourself in their challenges. "My guiding principle is to make sure that I see myself in others," actor and NGO founder Forest Whitaker says. "[I] make sure that I understand that someone else's issues and pains are my own, and that I have to help eradicate those things in order to be a full and complete human being."
First, educate yourself
Read the news and stay informed on what’s happening around the world and how women and girls are being treated. A big step in narrowing the gender gap is educating yourself on what measures will move that issue forward, from legislation that guarantees women's rights, to changes in workplace policies and cultural norms that effectively disadvantage women.
Second, educate the next generation
Start with those closest to you. It could be as simple as turning to your younger sibling and saying, "Hey, let's talk about what's going on in the world." You're helping them become more curious about others and, in turn, teaching them to care.
Consider spreading the message to those in your community, especially around issues you feel passionate about. Offer to lead workshops or teach youth groups about how to recognize and make strides to address gender inequality that they witness in their lives.