WOMEN NEED TO SPEAK UP OVER THE CANDIDATES
Kitchen Shop Talk
In the hour following the second debate between President Barack Obama and former Governor Mitt Romney, I donned a pair of my favorite high heel shoes while wearing my sleep pants and robe to go forth in our family’s kitchen and get it in order for the new day ahead tomorrow (technically as I write this we are speaking for this morning). Why the high heel shoes? A demonstration that things are not always as they seem—and yet, perception often translates what we understand to be reality.
Women Wake Up!
I often disclose that I’m a mother of two small sons, a wife, a daughter, a sister, a granddaughter and many other roles that I care to share and others that are no one’s business…either way, if I were to enter the paying workforce today I would still put down that what I do on a daily basis is part of my “experience” portion of the resume. It is a severe problem that people don’t even consider that when a woman “stays at home” that they are still contributing to society, with or without raising children.
Both Men Were Men
In tonight’s debate we were exposed to strong doses of testosterone—in one moment it looked as if fists were about to fly. These men were dancing with words and trying at every exchange to gain the upper hand without looking too condescending. As they went through the various “town hall” style questioning, it got awkwardly quiet when a young women introduced herself and asked what would be done about the fact that women still make just over 70% of every dollar that a man makes in the same job titles.
Romney Catered Hiring Practices But Lacks in Perception
Right away Gov. Romney garnered favor and extra time from the moderator Ms. Crowley as he waxed on about how he and his staff actively sought out to consider and hire women for his Massachusetts’ governor cabinet staff. He cited how he had a Chief of Staff that was a woman and needed to be home for her family and so he agreed to let her go home at 5pm so as to be there to cook dinner for her children and spend time with the rest of the household.
Meanwhile, earlier this year, there was a noise made in the airwaves and internet when Democrat operative Hillary Rosen said that Mrs. Romney “has never worked a day” in her life. Mrs. Romney had some comebacks in the press and there was some great conversations generated but we are still in the same perception paradigm. Somehow, it isn’t considered “real work” if you’re not receiving a monetary paycheck as a woman and when you are recognized in the “real workplace” your time away is considered your own fault and counted against you.
Gov. Romney how will you ensure equal pay wages for women versus men?
President Obama’s Attempt to Appease Domestic Goddesses and the Paid Women Working
Frankly, I can’t recall all of what President Obama said in response to the women’s fair wages question except I heard him claim ownership of the contraception debate on whether or not healthcare providers should give women this accessibility. What followed in the moments thereafter infuriated me as both the POTUS and Gov. Romney had a verbal tussle with each other as to who was supportive of women having access to contraception coverage.
Let me be clear as to how that argument translated in my female brain: “I’m sorry ladies, let’s make sure that you have accessibility to contraception coverage in your health care binder so that you can help avoid pregnancies overall so you can actually have a fair chance at being consider a good worker in the paying workplaces that are so eager to hire overworking women at just over 70% of every dollar that other men—even less qualified—get to enjoy in their wages. See how much I care for your equality?”
Mr. President how will you ensure equal pay wages for women versus men?
What We Can Do
In general, women need to get more involved in politics and public policy on whatever level they are able. Some can go work in an office and hash it out continuously in the working-for-wages world. Some like myself can make time to contribute to a local or federal campaign, run for local office or at the very least educate ourselves to know what is going on around us and look for ways to help especially if there is some policy or other situation that we disagree with and may have ideas on how to change them.
Please remember, ladies, that it was less than a hundred years ago when we as women were actually given the right to vote for those going into public office. Can you imagine not having that right today? It was just as much injustice back then as it would be today if that were the case.
Research, educate yourself and help your girlfriends too for even if we disagree as to who we should vote for this November, let us be heard as the strong women we are beside our strong men counterparts who are our friends, our family, our lovers, our acquaintances and overall our American citizen brothers.
R.V. Saridakis Bean