What we're watching: 
What simple trait gets people treated as second-class citizens everywhere they go? What has existed in every country throughout history, yet some people still consider abnormal? That's 'the riddle.' This high-impact video from the United Nation's Human Rights Office highlights a grave case of human rights abuse. Together we will build a world that is free and equal!

What we're reading: 
In a positive shift around the world, more and more we're telling our daughters that they can be whatever they want to be, cross mountains and overcome any barrier. But what about our sons? We still often pigeonhole boys, dismissing any tendency toward 'feminine' characteristics, telling them to 'be a man.' This wonderful NY Times article gives advice on How to Raise a Feminist Son, the next goal we must attack in our global fight for human rights and prosperity. 

Quote we're inspired by:  

"Because equal rights, fair play, justice, are all like the air: we all have it, or none of us has it. That is the truth of it".

  -- Maya Angelou*

'*This past Wednesday would have been Maya's 90th birthday. We commemorate her lifetime of work to promote human rights, gender and race equity around the world.'
This past Sunday, our home country Costa Rica elected Carlos Alvarado Quesada as its 48th president. A former writer and journalist, the 38 year old president elect stirred up vast emotions, national pride, and a nod to Costa Rica's long history of democracy and human rights with his win. Confronted with an opponent that vowed to, if need be, remove the country from the jurisdiction of the Inter-American Court on Human Rights in order to avoid complying with a ruling to allow same-sex marriage in Costa Rica, Alvarado ran on a promise of inclusion and tolerance. He will also bring Epsy Campbell on board as Vice President, the first Afro-Costa Rican woman to hold this role. "My commitment is to a government for everybody, in equality and liberty for a more prosperous future," Carlos announced. "There is much more that unites us than divides us."
This week we're proud to be a part of the wave of human rights and harmony in the world, proud to see Costa Rica stand up as a nation to show it's values. The tide is rising and needs to grow! So raise your sons to be feminists - let them cry and act 'unmanly.' Accept those that are different than you and remember that those very differences are what make us stronger.  If you're not sure where to start, check out our upcoming online courses for a little inspiration and coaching!

See you in two weeks for our next Three Thought Thursday! 
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