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Sunday, March 8, 2015

Sunday—International Women's Day 2015

8 March 2015_An international day of observance to honor the contributions of women throughout history

My own Women's Equality logo




Why Women Still Aren't Equal

...and why I'm still pissed off about it


  • We learn early that men are recognized throughout their lives more often than women.
  • We learn early that men are expected to achieve more than women (more money, better jobs).
  • Qualities that are considered leadership in men are seen as negative personality traits in women.
  • It is still common for young women just starting out in their careers to be pursued romantically in the workplace.
  • Young women are expected to tolerate sexual innuendo & inappropriate social behaviors from male coworkers and supervisors even in countries where progressive companies claim to honor equality in the workplace.
  • Age discrimination against women in the workplace is rampant and still tolerated as a reason not to hire a woman.  
  • Women have to dress-down in the workplace in order to avoid being labeled unprofessional.
  • Women who don't dress up are seen as less professional.
  • An ambitious woman is still seen as a threat to both men and other women.
  • Women of child-bearing age still carry the majority of responsibility when it comes to raising kids.
  • The ERA lost steam due to internal fighting among leaders who were supposed to represent the interests of all women.
  • God is still seen as a man. 
  • We still don't have a female pope or a female U.S. president.
  • Women control most of the spending, but not most of the income.
  • Woman still refuse to take control of their finances, especially married women.
  • Adolescent girls still buy into the sexual objectification of women.
  • Toy makers still make flowery pink pre-built toys for girls.  Toys for boys are designed toward engineering basics.
  • Young women still accept less than what they deserve.
  • When women cook, it is considered a domestic skill.  When men cook, it is seen as a career choice.
  • There is no professional American women's baseball league.  Softball is the girls' version of baseball.
  • High school & college teams are still referred to as "Lady" teams.  An eagle is an eagle, not a lady eagle.  If we're going to do that, then call the boys Gentlemen Eagles.  
  • An outspoken woman is still considered "mouthy," and a woman who mouths off risks losing her job or being passed over for a promotion.  Or worse, she risks not being liked.
  • Mothers still get blamed for everything. 
  • It's a no win.  Whether women work full-time, part-time, or stay at home full-time with the kids, we still feel like we're not doing enough.
  • Women who have kids and work are negligent; women who work and don't have kids are seen as deprived; women who have kids and don't work are seen as stalled.  That leaves women who don't work and don't have kids, which of course, is inexcusable.    
We still have a long way to go on this issue.  

All of the pseudo-holidays in the world haven't changed the fact that girls in some parts of the world still have to wear veils in order to walk down the street.  Women are still brutalized in America by men who live in a society that allows them to get away with it.  Mothers are still afraid to stand up to a culture that defines them by the sentiments in a Hallmark card. 

We, as women, must work harder to break through these barriers.  We need more women to design things, to make machines that can fly to Mars, to create billion-dollar companies that change the course of humanity.  We need more women to be on the Board of Directors even if they're pregnant.  Ellen Pao v. Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers

We have to use everything we've got to make it happen during our lifetimes.


What's Marriage Got to Do With It?

"...60 percent of single- mother households in the United States were poor, as against 45 percent in Canada, 40 percent in the United Kingdom, 25 percent in France, 20 percent in Italy, and 5 percent in Sweden.   The differences are caused by variations both in the income earned by single parents and in the generosity of government cash transfers. In other words, having a high share of single-parent families predisposes the United States to have a higher poverty rate, but other countries compensate better for single parenthood through a combination of social welfare spending and supports for employed parents, such as child care."

American Marriage in the Early Twenty-First Century by Andrew J. Cherlin, Griswold Professor of Public Policy at Johns Hopkins University.  Fall 2005.  



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