Earlier this month, parents everywhere applauded new dad Ashton Kutcher for calling out businesses for the lack of changing tables in men’s restrooms. We all screamed a silent “THANK YOU” for Ashton bringing to light the stereotypical role society has pigeon-holed fathers into. As if it’s unheard of for a dad and his baby to be out running errands solo (gasp!) in 2015. Give us a break.
After his first Facebook post addressing the issue, Ashton headed to Change.org to start a petition urging Target and Costco to take the lead in making changing tables a standard in all public restrooms — both men’s and women’s.
“Target and Costco have proven themselves time and time again to be companies that honor diversity, support families, and provide great services to kids of all ages. That is why I am calling on them to be the change. As leaders in their industry, they can initiate a company-wide policy to provide universally accessible changing tables in their stores. If Target and Costco take this step, I know that other companies will follow suit and recognize that we should be supporting all parents equally.”
Just a week ago, a Target representative responded favorably, stating:
“We have made changing tables a standard feature in both our men’s and women’s restrooms for more than 25 years. In addition, as we build new stores, we place changing tables in our women’s, men’s and family restrooms. In the event a changing table is unavailable, we encourage our guests to notify a team member and we will be happy to offer an alternative private location to meet their needs.”
One down, twenty million to go.
While Costco has yet to respond, we’re hopeful that other businesses will follow suit in taking their part to end gender inequality in America. As Ashton states:
“Changing tables in men’s rooms will be a tiny step in the long process of rectifying the legacy of gender discrimination, but it’s a step we need to take. Dads, like myself, want to participate equally in the child care process and our society should support that.”
Amen to that.
Now excuse us while we head over to Change.org to sign Ashton’s petition.