Today, August 26, we commemorate the occasion of American women winning the right to vote. And I love that they decided to call it "Women's Equality Day," rather than "Women's Suffrage Day" or some such thing. It's a reminder of how far we still have to go to achieve legal and social equality between the sexes. Bravo!
Naturally I add my voice to the chorus; here's a list of some issues that desperately need our attention:
* Women and men should be paid the same amount for the same work. Women and men should also have the same opportunity to be hired for any job - it's time to stop favoring one sex over the other.
* Women and men in the armed forces, law enforcement (and firefighters too) should be required to meet the exact same fitness and competency standards. It's unfair that one sex can do far less work than the other, yet still receive the same pay. It's also deadly dangerous for anybody in these fields to be less capable than anybody else. Additionally, if one sex must register for the draft, so must the other.
* It's time we take violence against women as seriously as we take violence against men. Women make up approximately 2/3 of domestic violence victims, but "violence prevention" services for women receive nowhere near 2/3 of the available funding for these programs.
* Divorced and unmarried mothers should have the same chance to win primary custody (child support included) of their children, as do divorced and single fathers.
* Women and men need to have the same educational opportunities. It's simply obscene that so many colleges and scholarship programs favor one sex. One might think they were trying to oppress the other sex.
* We also need some equity in the criminal justice system. Men who commit crimes should be arrested, charged, prosecuted and imprisoned at the same rate and the same severity, as women who commit crimes. No more sex-based excuses.
It's been at least a hundred fifty years since feminists organized to demand legal equality between the sexes. Why aren't we there yet?????