We now have resorted to considering the idea that “men are from Mars and women are from Venus” in order to explain our differences. But the truth of the matter is, no matter how clever the cliché, we are not from different planets. Our origin is much closer than either of us can readily conceive. We are part of one another with visible and invisible differences. We were made to benefit, not be at odds with, one another. Understanding and celebrating our differences instead of blaming and bashing is the first step we must take.

Michelle McKinney Hammond