I think the ALS ice bucket challenge is fantastic. Although I do have another cause that I’m very passionate about, I’m going to elect not to talk about it right now as it’s a pretty emotional topic for me.
I have been thinking a lot about causes lately. In particular, I’ve been thinking about women’s rights related causes. The thing is: I don’t want to be thinking about women’s rights. No offense to women (obviously) but I’m just not passionate about them and I don’t think I should have to be. After all, there’s a whole sea of great and totally worthy causes out there.
It seems to me like it’s assumed that because I’m a woman, and particularly a woman in a male-dominated group of people (the tech industry or business school), that I inherently will be an advocate for women’s rights issues. While I’m definitely not against women’s rights/ equality/ etc. (again, obviously) I also don’t feel motivated to hop on any of the recent womens movements.
Characteristics (like your gender) should not dictate what causes you’re passionate about. Just because you’re gay doesn’t mean you need to spend your limited time advocating for gay rights. Just because you’re a girl doesn’t mean you have to be all about women’s equality.
It seems like we never have enough time. So don’t get pigeon-holed into a cause you feel like you should be all about. It’s much more rewarding to explore yourself, reflect, and decide for yourself. Besides, the people who are effective in creating change for a cause are the ones who are fully and passionately behind it!