By Cindy Pitts Gilbert Buford Weekly Illustrated 11/23/16
American’s are yelling foul. The man who insulted and threatened their way of life is the most powerful man in the nation, with that comes fear. Has learned from mistakes? We can only hope. This isn’t a political article. It’s about women. All women, who mother, want to mother, are in the workforce and those who stay at home.
Women who stand up for themselves and are insulted, disrespected or called nasty names. Women who are meek and criticized for being naive and trusting. Women who are abused by men larger than them and you ponder, how can she stay, is she weak? Women who are raped and accused of asking for it or lying.
This is about manipulation and the ignorance that shapes what we believe in this world. We need to see through the games, be confident, believe that we are worthy. We need self esteem we must help others to have self esteem as well. This is a difficult road ahead of us since this election. Our task is no more difficult than the road our fore-mothers paved for the right to vote .
What was said about women during the campaign, women now have to explain to our daughters and sons. Who you voted for doesn’t matter now. What women believe about themselves does.
Facts to consider; Women make 25% less than men for the similar jobs (usgovinfo.org.) Women in heterosexual relationships still prepare most of the meals. How often do we hear “Dad what’s for dinner?” Women complete 80% of the household and parental duties. Women spend more on the products and services, due to a pricing trend known as the pink or gender tax. On average women pay 7% more for similar products; shampoo, razors, blue jeans and deodorant that differ only in color, including pink toys. Dry cleaning the same shirt costs more because of all the absurdities, the shirts do not fit on the press. Large retailers at (Forbes.com) show women’s pay more for senior care, baby care, health and hygiene. How do we be the change? Awareness is a start.
Refuse to purchase gender specific items when possible. If it seems the same it probably is. Be the example. Work for gender equal companies. Men your sons need to believe that you believe that women are worthy of respect. Your daughters need to believe they are worthwhile. And ladies, if a man holds a door open for you don’t ignore the gesture. Accept the sign of respect and say thank you. Because you are worth it.