Equal, What?

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.

10 Surprising Statistics on Women in the Workplace – CollegeTimes™

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?

For more on the subject: Where’s the Recovery? | Aligaeta’s Blog


About Aligaeta

I am a life time resident of NY State. A graduate of Nassau Community College, AA in Liberal Arts and Queens College, BA in English and Sociology. I am the mother of four children, the survivor of divorce, and I love to write in prose. This blog will be a record of my journey... destination unknown. Read more... https://aligaeta.wordpress.com/
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8 Responses to Equal, What?

  1. Lisa says:

    Ugh! It is maddening. And, if the Republicans have their way, more women will have no choice but stay at home “where they belong” (I know someone said that recently. It is time for a reactivation of all women toward realizing true equality, but how does one begin?

  2. Aligaeta says:

    Well, I heard they are doing a fuel strike on March 31st and April 1st. If women, the gender that makes the most purchases, strike all spending on those two days it will send a message.

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  4. boyonabudget says:

    We can do it all??? Really?? I’ve been a single mom for years and I still don’t know how to do it all. I manage everything on your list except keeping the house neat and helping in the classroom. Try as I might, I just can’t fight all the mess that ends up scattered from one end of the house to the other. But he is clean, fed and has clean clothes and makes good grades. I’ve slowly come to accept that good enough really is good enough. Perfection is over rated:)

    • Aligaeta says:

      Well, Kathleen, do it all, really? Do it good enough, three cheers to you! It’s insanity. Anything beyond survival, for the single mom is worthy of praise. Pat yourself on the back and accept a well deserved virtual HUG!

  5. jannatwrites says:

    Hmmm…did “Maggie” get you fired up? Just kidding 🙂

    You’re right, men often do have it easier than women, especially in cases of divorce. Their disposable income increases (even if they do pay child support) while the woman’s is severely decreased.

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