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{November 7, 2014}   Empowering Women: [w]hether one is bumping against a glass ceiling or standing on a dirt floor, equality remains — for most — more aspiration than reality.”

What have women gained in the move to empower women…

In 1920 American women won the right to vote.

By the 1930s, only 13 women won seats in congress.

In the U.S., during the 1960s social upheaval women took to the streets and burned their bras in response to the phenomenon known as the women’s movement, which intended a shift in consciousness of men and women concerning gender equality for women. Women during the 60s also gained access to birth control pills.

In the 70s Women gained reproductive rights through the legalization of abortion.

In the 80 Women took control of their economic fates and now make up more than half of the workforce (51%) but earn only 80% of their male cohorts; and, only  2% of corporate bosses for Fortune 500 companies are women. Yet, Childless women in corporate America earn almost as much as men. Mothers with partners earn less and single mothers much less. [A] survey in America indicates 74% of parents said that they did not have enough time for their children.    http://www.economist.com/node/15174418

As a result of the shifts and changes during the 60s, 70s, and 80s American women lived very different lives in the 90s from women of the 50s. In 1990, Congress passed a law to provide federal funds for child care.., and created the Family and Medical Leave Act. In the 90s two-parents working became the norm to meet growing expenses for housing and rising education costs, and live comfortable lives. Bill Clinton during the 90s recognized and committed to recognizing the contributions made by women in all walks of life, and committed his administration to advancing the status of women.  http://shenyang.usembassy-china.org.cn/uploads/images/KYFFp59L1dwF5zj84P2KNg/women-role.pdf

But Ways TODAY we are still repressing women (in 26 ways according to this report) Only in a culture that passively accepts sexism would people think that these were appropriate things to say or do. If we remain silent, we are nothing but accomplices to an age-old crime. But I’m just a woman…what do I know?

1. We associate rape with accidents (Barbara Listing, an anti-abortion leader, argued that Michigan women should be forced to pay extra for health insurance to cover the cost of rape. According to Barbara, no one plans to get into a car accident or to be flooded, but they still pay insurance in case of these events…)

2. We allow women or girls to be forced into marriage every 2 minutes ~ A recent study by Plan UK revealed that every single day, across the world, 38,461 women and girls are being forced into marriages against their will. Many of these lives are exchanged for money or to settle an unrelated debt. This number doesn’t even include the unbelievably young girls that are forced into prostitution on a daily basis.

3. We tell girls they need to act a certain way in order to have value ~ Justin Lookadoo, a religious dating coach and public speaker, made some pretty ignorant comments…website…“Be mysterious. Dateable girls know how to shut up.” and “Need him. Dateable girls know that guys need to be needed. A Dateable girl isn’t Miss Independent.”   THIS SOUNDS LIKE THE “COOL GIRL” RAP

4. We believe they have a right to do what they want to women’s bodies ~ Just listen to the Right discuss women’s reproductive rights, etc.

5. Priorities are completely DISTORTED when it comes to Sexual Violence against women ~ A female prisoner who was repeatedly raped and assaulted by one of her guards was told that there was nothing the warden could do about it… except put her on birth control…clearly rape was preferable to an unwanted pregnancy.

6. We think its okay to discriminate based on biology ~ Fox News medical “expert” Dr. David Samadi claims that forcing men and women to pay equally for health insurance is unfair…his most convincing argument, however, is the fact that women have both breasts and ovaries, while men only have the prostate.

7. We still don’t understand teenagers cannot give consent ~ Teacher Stacey Rambold was convicted of repeatedly raping his fourteen-year-old student, who later killed herself during the course of the trial. But instead of receiving an appropriate punishment, he spent only thirty days in jail, because according to the judge, the victim was “older than her chronological age” and was “as in as much control of the situation” as her teacher.

8 We blame the victim ~ Criminal defense attorney Joseph DiBenedetto appeared across cable TV in October to remark on the terrible rape case of a Missouri teenager. While discussing the logistics of the case, DiBenedetto speculated that the fourteen-year-old victim was actually a conniving little liar: “She is leaving her home at 1 a.m. in the morning… And what happens? She gets caught by her mom, she’s embarrassed, and the easy way out here is, ‘Mom, someone took advantage of me.'” He continued, “What did she expect to happen at 1 a.m. in the morning after sneaking out?

9. We still have the audacity to use violence against women to sell products ~ A signage company in Texas decided to show how “realistic” its vehicle decals were by depicting a woman tied up in the back of a pickup truck. The ploy was obviously met with outrage from anyone who saw the decal— a reaction the owner of the company says he didn’t anticipate. Honestly, it’s hard to tell which mentality is dumber: the idea that this ad gimmick would be ok, or that other people would agree with you.

10.  We still claim that some things are very specifically meant for a “man’s world” ~ San Francisco sports radio host Damon Bruce really believes that in spite of the overwhelming number of women that participate in sports, they really have no idea what they’re talking about when it comes to discussing them. “A lot of sports has lost its way, and I’m gonna tell you, part of the reason is because we’ve got women giving us directions,” he said as he shook his finger and made us feel really, really sorry.

11. We continue not to take domestic violence serious ~ {How many times do you cases like the following? How about all the time!] Stephanie Bond is lucky to be alive. Her ex-husband, Gabriel Omo-Osagie, was arrested for domestic battery in November, 2009. She filed a restraining order against him, but the man was still allowed to see her children on weekdays for nine hours a day. Omo-Osagie was acquiring more firearms even though he’d had his license revoked after the incident, and he admitted to the police that he had violated the surprisingly generous custody agreement. Bond reported all of this to the police. Nothing was done. In February of 2010, Omo-Osagie shot his ex-wife three times before taking his own life. Miraculously, Bond survived…

12. Workplace discrimination is still rampant ~ Jessica Benefield, a former executive chef at a Nashville restaurant called Virago, is accusing CEO Chris Hyndman of subjecting his female employees to physical, verbal, and sexual harassment. Hyndman allegedly had a scale for which he would rank both staff and customers based on “hotness” and asked staff members to bring in “hot chicks for him to meet and entertain.” Despite the fact that Benefield was an award-winning chef and received great performance reviews at work, she was terminated immediately for “making false and malicious statements about superiors” after she complained about the treatment of female workers. Nothing says “malicious” like “Stop making it uncomfortable for me to come to work,” right?

13. We consider maxi pads and tampons to be more dangerous than guns ~ “Let’s take away an armed woman’s period supplies. What could possibly go wrong?” Such was the apparent thought process of a bunch of security guards at a Texas courthouse as they confiscated tampons and maxi pads, but allowed anyone with a concealed carry permit to take their guns right in with them…The reason for the sudden fear of cotton and cardboard was due to the fact that the subject to be presented that day was whether or not abortion clinics in the state would remain open.

14. We believe beautiful is not beautiful enough ~ Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence is the actress that was desperately needed to wake up Hollywood. She portrays strong female characters and has been known to condemn the industry’s desire for unhealthily thin women. She has stated that she would never drop to an unhealthy weight just for a role. So when Canadian fashion magazine “Flare” released their cover of a VERY photoshopped Jennifer, it was all the more ridiculous. Not only did they make the already-beautiful star even thinner, but they also moved her collar bone down. Magazines are sending a very clear message that if your boobs aren’t big enough, your eyes aren’t bright enough, and a small vehicle can’t drive between your thighs, you shouldn’t be in the picture at all.

15. Our advertisements depict objects rather than people (objectification of women)~ Despite the fact that studies have suggested that sex actually doesn’t sell, advertisers continue to undress women for the sake of getting more people to watch their stuff. The issue, however, is not the fact that a beautiful lady is strutting her stuff for some cash. But the cinematography looks like a science class dissection for teenage boys. They show you the girl’s body in sections (BUTT. BOOBS. BUTT. LEGS. BOOBS. burger. CROTCH. burger. BOOBS.), which turns her into a series of objects rather than a human being.

16. We still think an erection is more important than birth control ~ Many pre-Obamacare health insurance programs cover erectile dysfunction drugs, vasectomies, vacuum erection devices, and even penile implants. But when rumors started swirling around that women might soon get their birth control covered by insurance, a lot of people got kind of upset. Many companies, including Domino’s Farms (owned by Tom Monaghan, the guy who founded Domino’s Pizza) are claiming that their health insurance policies shouldn’t have to cover contraceptives, citing religious freedom. In a lawsuit filed by Monaghan, he claims that since the Catholic Church considers contraception a ‘grave sin,’ his company shouldn’t have to provide insurance that pays for it. He also likened the morning-after pill to abortion, even though the pill’s job is to stop fetuses (and therefore abortions) from ever happening in the first place. Believe it or not, both men and women have sex. We’re just trying to prevent pregnancy that can be caused by all those government-funded boners.

17 We allow rapist to sue for custody ~In Massachusetts in 2009, a fourteen-year-old girl was raped by 20-year-old Jamie Melendez, who was sentenced to sixteen years of probation, which involved him going to family court once a week. Melendez then argued that he should have visitation rights to the child that he fathered through the rape since he was paying child support. It seems a little ridiculous until you realize that thirty-one states allow rapists to sue for custody, at which point it becomes completely ridiculous. The victim is desperate (and suing the state) to end the relationship between her and Melendez, but if she fails to show up at any of her scheduled court dates over the next sixteen years, she risks losing custody of her daughter.

17. We continue to be a willing audience for misogynist  ~ Rush Limbaugh ‘Look, if you want to be a receptacle for male semen and not pay a price, I’m your guy.'” Given Limbaugh’s record for assholery, the most shocking thing about his comment is that he needed to specify that the semen was male, as though he thinks that females also carry sperm.   For more by this author: http://news.distractify.com/avericlements/signs-the-battle-for-womens-rights-is-not-nearly-over-2/

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