The Real War on Women

Friday, May 23, 2014
posted by elizabeth @ 11:45 AM

We have established that the 77 cents myth is false.  For a whole list of reasons (career choices, flexible hours, safer working conditions), women in the United States of America are not victims of an imperialist, sexist work environment forcing women to work at slave wages.    We have established that women earn more college undergraduate degrees, master’s degrees, and doctoral degrees than men, and they graduate from high school in higher numbers, too.    Women have more opportunities and flexibility in the workforce than ever before.  While our country is not perfect, it is pretty fantastic – as evidenced by the number of non-Americans who reside here.   About 20 percent of all international migrants reside in the United States (Migration Policy Institute, April 28, 2014).

Yet there are those who have declared that a war on women in America exists.  Why would they do so and place women in a category of victim?  Well, it is an election year, after all.  And, what better way to garner votes than to scare a group of voters.  Scare them with incorrect facts, that is. 

What we do know is that a sound economy helps all women succeed.  What we do know is that a strong economy strengthens a woman’s opportunity to provide best and fully for herself and her family.   Policies like the Lily Ledbetter Act and the Paycheck Fairness Act were political attempts to placate women voters.   A free country, with objective laws incentivizing businesses to work, and truly providing individuals access to equal opportunities are the tenets that allow a society to thrive.  Our Constitution provides the foundation for our girls and women to excel.   As our Founding Fathers perfectly wrote in the Constitution:   “establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity.”  That is how women are treated equally.

There is a very real war on women, though.  It is around the world in communities dominated by Islamic law.  Where are the feminists, when horrible atrocities occur like the shooting of Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani girl who was shot in the head on her school bus by the Taliban in 1997 for being an outspoken proponent for the education of girls? Or in 2012, in Arizona, when 19 year old Aiya Altameemi was threatened by knife by her father while her mother and sister tied her to the bed.  Her crime?  Talking to a boy.   And, what about the kidnapped Christian girls in Nigeria by the Islamic terrorist group Boko Haram?  Oh yes, there is outrage in America.  We have a hashtag – “#bringbackourgirls.”   The hashtag appears to be consistent with the way our country is helping this recent horrific situation – PR and awareness.   As Charlotte Hays aptly observed, “Awareness is good because it makes more awareness.”   Although our government is providing the Nigerian government with reconnaissance overflights, satellite imagery, and a few military advisors, I agree with Senator John McCain that our country should be doing more for these girls.  He and others consider these acts crimes against humanity.

Where is the filibustering-size outrage for the women in the countries and communities governed by sharia law?  Where are the college protests?   Where are the pink tennis shoes and capitol marches?   Why didn’t then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton add Boko Haram to the terrorist watch list? 

The Real War on Women is literally the fight of women in many parts of the world – even in some communities in America – where education is not allowed, where driving a car is forbidden, where testimonies in court are not treated equally, and where forced marriage for children is common.   These girls and women do not have the rights that we expect in our world and that are granted by our Creator. Argue all you want about an alleged war on women in America.  I think the facts speak for themselves.  There is a real War on Women.   I applaud the organizations whose mission is to help these women not only win the war, but survive daily.

-Elizabeth Biar

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