How can I criticize the progress made toward equal rights for women? We have it all, right? We have a place in the workforce. Oh, that’s right, this economic recovery has put men back to work, not women. More women go to college than men, earning degrees in higher education. However, in the work place, women still earn less than men, those that have jobs that is.
The below excerpt, from Catherine Rampell, March 4, 2011, Spurred by Private Hiring, Job Growth Gathers Steam – NYTimes.com in her closing paragraphs:
Men and women have also been affected differently by the recovery.
While men bore the brunt of job losses in the recession, requiring more women to serve as their family breadwinners, that has since changed. In the last year the share of men with jobs has risen and the share of women with jobs has fallen. In fact, the portion of women working declined to 53.2 percent in February, the lowest share since 1988.
Women can do it all…
- They can raise children
- Keep a clean home
- Obtain a college education
- Earn a living
- Maintain the family finances
- Do the grocery shopping
- Cook the meals
- Do the family laundry
- Help kid’s with their homework and projects
- Keep up with classroom obligations
- Plan birthday and holiday parties
- Register the children in activities, and see that they get there.
Here’s the argument… “I help her.”
Why is it that these chores remain the women’s responsibilities? Where’s the equal distribution? Can we still address this now, when unemployment as it is, has women back at home?
In single parent households, everything lies on the full-time custodial parent, predominately women, using 100% of their income to provide for the children, while the other parent pays, in some states, a mere 17%, plus a small added percentage, to support each additional child. Again I ask, where is the equal distribution?
Here’s the argument… “I support my children.”
How is this so, when most child support payments would have children, homeless, living in poverty?
How far have women really come? What hope do we have to pass on to our daughters?
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