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As if men aren’t celebrated enough throughout the 364 days in a year! Guess women all over the world got this memo but Sophie Trudeau was a little far behind. Canada’s Prime Minister’s wife came under fire this Tuesday, on 7th March when she posted a picture of herself and Trudeau holding hands with hashtag #TogetherInHand and tweeted “As we mark International Women’s Day, let’s celebrate the boys and men in our lives who encourage us to be who we truly are, who treat girls & women with respect.” We will still wonder whether her heart was in the right place or she simply forgot what Women’s Day means.
Though the post was immediately shared 5,000 times within 24 hours and had received 13,000 likes, the comments weren’t exactly in her favour. From teens to elders, comments consisted of outraged feedback, some with confusion and some with sympathy. The one that accused her of promoting her husband through a tweet was, “In case you missed it, Sophie, this is International Women’s Day. You don’t have to turn everything into a way to promote your husband. Shameful!”
After a few hours, where some women did share pictures with their husbands, Sophie tweeted, “Well, now we’re having a conversation! Thanks to everyone for your feedback and pics! Love it.” Ignoring all the vile comments, she focused on the ones that showed some support. Later, on Wednesday she again tweeted on the matter and said that one cannot talk about gender equality without having frank discussions and breaking stereotypes. She also said that boys and girls should be given the freedom to be who they want to be and what they want to do.
The Prime Minister himself stayed out of the “women business” and no comments or tweets were posted from his side. One wonders if the PM and his wife are on the same page because days before, the PM was sitting with Oxfam Canada and discussing how to give woman equal working rights.