Doyin Richards reading with his two daughters.
Author and daddy blogger Doyin Richards is first among many of today’s “feminist fathers” who will do anything to insure that their daughters have a “seat at the table.”
In starting the only all-girl T-ball team in his daughter’s league, Doyin hopes to impart on little girls, not teenagers, that they can compete, win and lose with the boys. He has witnessed, he says, that girls lose their competitive spirit as they get older and he wants to prevent that.
Further, by being a stay-at-home dad, he’s showing his daughters that old conventions can be broken.
“I am the biggest feminist dad you will ever see,” he says in the video from Upworthy. “I believe in feminism, I believe in women’s rights, and I will do anything to make sure my daughters have a seat at the table. Even if that means T-ball. If it starts at T-ball, cool.”
He says his team often isn’t taken seriously by the competition but that doesn’t stop them from wanting to win. “We’re teaching them that they can compete with the boys, that they can do anything the boys can do,” he says. “And we don’t want them to know that when they’re teenagers; we want them to know that now.”
Take a look at the inspiring video
You might recognize Doyin
— he’s a well-known blogger at Daddy Doin’ Work
, author, and Microsoft commercial star who talks a lot about being the proud father of two little girls.
He’s so right. Our girls might need a little extra encouragement to compete, to win — and to lose.
“I want to introduce my kid to losing early, I want her to understand you will lose. I have lost so many times in my life, painful times … but I get up. I get up every time. And I want them to understand you’ve gotta get up too. Because life will knock you over.”
He also talks about watching girls lose that competitive spirit as they get older and how he wants to work to prevent that.
“Four-and five-year-olds, if I went to my T-Ball team and said, “Who’s the fastest girl on the team?’, all of them raise their hands.
Doyin says that he sees girls become slower to raise their hands and claim they’re the best as they get older.
“I want her to keep her hand up when she’s 13, 14, when she’s going for her job interview,” he says about his own 5-year-old daughter. “When she’s in a boardroom, I always want her to raise her hand and believe in herself.”
Doyin (pronounced “doe-ween”) Richards is a daddy, husband, author, and public speaker inspiring new mothers and fathers to think, laugh, and learn while evolving as parents and as people. Since creating his Daddy Doin’ Work blog in June 2012, it has rapidly grown to become one of the most popular daddy blogs in America with no signs of slowing down.
Richards is an in-demand spokesman on the topic of modern fatherhood. He has been interviewed by the TODAY Show, NPR, Katie Couric, USA Today, CNN, Parents Magazine, Yahoo!, Huffington Post Live, DL Hughley, Sunrise Australia, the New York Times, Cosmopolitan, Better TV, and more.
In addition to his print, radio, and television interviews, Doyin shares his opinions with millions of readers as a staff writer for Upworthy and a contributing writer for TODAY Parents, Parents Magazine, The Huffington Post, CNN Headline News, The Good Men Project, and AskMen.com.