The city of Pittsburgh has been invigorated recently by two forums that have cultivated conversation around women and equality, Bike Pittsburgh’s Women and Biking Forum and the Women and Girls Foundation’s screenings of “Madame Presidenta: Why Not U.S.?”
While I laud the organizers of these events and passionately support their missions and visions, I am disappointed that these events were not made accessible to people who care for kids, a group which is disproportionately women.
If organizers want to encourage more women to attend, probably the simplest thing that they can do is prioritize offering child care as part of the event. Simply asking on their sign-up forms or RSVPs would not only gauge the need for child care but also would send a message to women that their needs are being considered.
Wouldn’t it be excellent if ALL community events offered child care? Breaking down these barriers should certainly be a precursor to building community.
I make this suggestion with much respect to these organizations, their organizers and the work they do.