Last night we read an article written by the ever-inspiring Marie Henein that was so powerful, it left us thinking about the subject matter for hours to follow.
Following her representation of Jian Ghomeshi, Henein was heavily critiqued for her involvement with a case that was about defending an alleged sexual offender. It was said that she “betrayed her sex”, by not sticking up for women, but rather for the man who violated them. To these comments, Henein replied that she was simply doing her job and that a man would not be critiqued the same way if the roles were reversed. As such, she has had her share of battling with comments that are targeted towards her femininity.
Recently, a Google employee, James Damore, was fired from his job as an engineer after he wrote an internal memo critical of the company’s diversity policies that leaked online. Following this incident, Henein wrote an incredible piece urging men like Damore to “leave [her] gender alone”. In this piece, her sarcastic yet sophisticated tone wholeheartedly defends women and speaks about their power, determination, and most importantly, profound ability.
Henein ends the piece with the following:
“Finally, a word of advice: Girls, do not bother to read the manifesto. It isn’t worth your time. Read about Marie Curie instead who said: ‘We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained.'”
Needless to say, we strongly encourage you to read this article, and be sure to let us know what you think!