Policy Action and the Call for Equality
Equal opportunity is the bedrock of American democracy. Biden’s policy push undermines the very fabric of gender equality. California Department of Education and U.S. Department of Education data underscores the single greatest truth regarding policy action and educational outcomes. All boys of all races do worse than their female counterparts of the same race.
Global Initiative for Boys & Men will combat some of the challenges boys and men face with an open-source resource. GIBM’s BAM Index (Boys and Men’s Well-Being Index) is under construction. Lawmakers, educators, researchers, government officials, attorneys, non-profits, and media outlets will have access and be able to contribute to the largest repository of well-being data on boys and men. It will serve as a reliable resource to all those who want to influence the landscape of equality for boys and men. Social media influencers will be able to use data-graphics as memes knowing the source information is reliable. Anyone will have access to a set of data-graphics, spreadsheets, and links to original sources. The BAM Index will take time to expand, but it will become an essential source that saves advocates time and financial resources. In the interim, we encourage those interested in the well-being of boys and men to use our data-graphics, articles, and resources to advance the causes of boys and men and demand gender equality for boys and men and the women who love them.
Our sons continue to lead the nation as victims of COVID deaths, suicide deaths, homelessness, violent crime deaths, violent crime victimization, opioid deaths, gun deaths, incarcerations, and a number of other health and mental health issues. They are behind in education on all levels. We can no longer ignore our boys and men who are often forgotten about in policy actions that discriminate on the basis of sex.
As the President of the Global Initiative for Boys & Men, I am calling on all of us to insist our leaders and government policies protect all boys, girls, men, and women. Democracies do not pick and choose who deserves equal protection under the law. Democracies ensure all people have equal protection under the law.
Sean Kullman, President, Global Initiative for Boys & Men