A couple of weeks ago, we celebrated the moms of the world. Mom got cards and flowers and all sorts of happy things. Mom was a woman first, then a mom.
Women in Trump’s world are not faring well. The Equal Rights Amendment still hasn’t been passed. Women still make less money for the same job as a man. Women who stop a career to raise children are punished by taking them out of the job market and, thereby, not accumulating wealth on their own. This means later in life, after the children are raised and gone, she has to pick up the remnants of her career and make up for lost time. She still loses. Statistically, she will be a widow for some years because she likely married an older man who will die before she does. The odds are great she will be alone for some years.
Society does a good job of diminishing the value/worth of women. Churches do their part; women are just starting to have a stronger voice in the church. In some denominations, they have no voice and are not allowed to hold office. In other words, like second-class citizens. Families inadvertently do it by valuing a boy child over a girl. Carry on the family name, and so on.
Just when you think some issues have been litigated and settled (by the Supreme Court, no less) the old, ugly controlling issues never seem to be settled. Once again, women have to fight for birth control (insurance doesn’t pay for contraception) and now the age-old matter of abortion is being brought up again and again and again.
The same people who refuse to let it rest are the same people who cry foul when their taxes are raised to provide better schools and talented teachers for said progeny. If safe abortion is not allowed, women will die because of unwanted pregnancies. Lack of contraception causes unwanted pregnancies.
There is a series on public television titled “Call the Midwife” that takes place in the ‘50s and ‘60s in England and deals with the conundrum that is presented by the midwives and the physicians who care for women who have unwanted pregnancies: women die. They go to extreme solutions because society gives them no options.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg sums it up very nicely: “The decision whether or not to bear a child is central to a woman’s life, to her well-being and dignity. It is a decision she must make for herself. When government controls that decision for her, she is being treated as less than a fully adult human responsible for her own choices.”
Well said, Justice Ginsburg.