Responded to a question on Girls Ask Guys as to what I thought of the ERA. I was fired up after reading some comments saying men are the ones who need equality and that
women should just shut up. Here was
my response to them. I won best response for whatever that's worth.
Most definitely for the Equal Rights Amendment! Sorry
fellas, you've had 236 years on top convincing women our place was to serve you
as wives and mothers of children. And where has this gotten any of us? Our
society is a mess!
While we are too busy managing work with all of the same home responsibilities
our mothers had, you were creating two wars, a financial meltdown, bailing out
banks and car companies that continue to send US jobs overseas, polluting our
environment, deregulating business, giving the wealthiest Americans tax breaks,
allowing our schools to rot and children to resort to gun violence, maintaining
control over a woman's family planning decisions and allowing domestic terrorists
to bomb abortion clinics, developing pornography into an industrialized sex
industry that exploits 52% of Americans, spending our parents' retirements, so
they can't retire and open more jobs to us, and slowly but surely turning the
US into a 3rd world country.
When women are 5% of Fortune 500 CEOs, 17% of Congress and only recently 1/3 of
the Supreme Court - our numbers are token in terms of decision making. We
cannot be blamed for this mess, but we are responsible for cleaning it up and
rebuilding America by insisting on our equality now.
You cannot keep 1/2 the population down and expect to remain the leader of the
Free World. Something has to give.
It just amazes me when guys don't realize how every issue that impacts women -
impacts men and children too! We aren't mutually exclusive! The real winners in
keeping women and girls as 2nd class citizens are businesses and religious
institutions who profit from sex discrimination - paying women less, charging
us higher health insurance premiums, denying us paid leave or flexible work
schedules, not enforcing protective orders against domestic violence or
strengthening sentencing and prevention programs for rapists or insisting that
social security still be based solely on lifetime earnings when it is clear
women often leave workplaces to raise children and sacrifice pay and promotions
because of it. This all hurts men too and families who rely on mom's paychecks
ERA will never take-away benefits from men but extend them to women and girls.
It is a win-win-win for all people! Wake up and do something! Join United For
Equality on FB and believe that you matter enough to be equal.