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Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau’s wife set off a so­cial me­dia firestorm on Tues­day, the eve of In­ter­na­tional Women’s Day, by sug­gest­ing that men should be cel­e­brated, too.

“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,” So­phie Gre­goire Trudeau wrote on Instagram.

She posted a photo of her­self and her hus­band — who proudly de­clares him­self a fem­i­nist — hold­ing hands and gaz­ing into each other’s eyes. Gre­goire also urged women to post a photo with their male ally.

Join­ing in this way could help “cre­ate a move­ment that in­spires more men to join the fight to build a bet­ter to­mor­row with equal rights & op­por­tu­ni­ties for ev­ery­one... be­cause #Equal­i­tyMat­ters”, she wrote.

But her post at­tracted plenty of blunt crit­i­cism.

“I’ve never had to have my hand held. Women’s day is about women, not men!!” con­ser­va­tive law­maker Michelle Rem­pel tweeted.

A woman from Van­cou­ver added: “This is so prob­lem­atic I don’t even know where to start.

“In­ter­na­tional women’s day is a day to cel­e­brate in­ter­sec­tional fem­i­nism and ac­knowl­edge the strides women have taken for equal­ity, while si­mul­ta­ne­ously ac­knowl­edg­ing the ac­tive misog­yny women and women-iden­ti­fied in­di­vid­u­als en­counter on a daily ba­sis. It is NOT a day about men.”

Gre­goire seemed to take the crit­i­cism in stride, say­ing in a post on Tues­day, “Well, now we’re hav­ing a con­ver­sa­tion!

“Our goal is gen­der equal­ity, and fight­ing for it is go­ing to re­quire men and women work­ing to­gether — rais­ing our boys and girls to make a dif­fer­ence. This is about recog­nis­ing that we should be al­lies on this jour­ney,” she said.

So­phie Gre­goire Trudeau and her hus­band, Justin.

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