Women’s History Month Part I: Rage

Women’s History Month Part I: Rage

Adrienne BoettingerThursday,5 March 2015

Hearing some asshat snicker about Women’s History Month really got my nylons in a twist; then I made the tragic mistake of going on the Interwebz to do some research for this article and really thought I was going to have a rage stroke. To be clear, we are talking about one freaking month out of the year to celebrate the role that more than half the global population has played in history and to note how much things still suck for the be-uterused among us.

So first off, let’s focus on the craptastic.

2014 marked a banner year for female heads of state. In that there were 22 of them. 22 out of more than 190 – which was the most ever at one time. And as of 2015, we’ve still got 22. We’ve come a long way baby? Although we’ve had a grand total of ZERO here in ‘Murica, we can take comfort that we’re in the company of Algeria, Dominican Republic, Iran and Moldova. Countries that are beating us in terms of actually having a female head of state include Chile, Liberia and Slovenia. In the U.S., American women are predicted to achieve political parity in 2085 — or 165 years after women finally won the right to vote.

Last year, the Center for American Progress reported that women “are only 14.6 percent of executive officers, 8.1 percent of top earners, and 4.6 percent of Fortune 500 CEOs.” Pew Research Center studies indicate that women earn about 84 percent of what men get. Based on U.S. census data, on average women earn $0.77 to ever dollar a man makes. Sure, that’s better than the $0.64 for every dollar in 1980 but why the hell is there a gap at all?!? There are studies that try to break that down further but thanks to the diligent efforts of the lardasses of the 113th Congress, the Paycheck Fairness Act that would require the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to collect data about pay from employers, didn’t stand a chance.

Globally, 62 million girls are not in school. Women make up more than 40 percent of the agriculture workforce but less than 20 percent own land. One in three of us will be beaten, coerced into sex, or otherwise abused in our lifetimes. And this past week we learned that not only did one of the brutal gang rapists responsible for the horrific death of a 22-year-old student in India blame the victim for her own death, he indicated that because he was on death row for the crime, future rapists would just kill all their victims so none could live to prosecute them.

So yeah, I’m angry. And unafraid to be called angry. I don’t give a rat’s ass if you think I’m a strident, ball-busting feminazi who is waging a war on men. I don’t have time for your crazy. There’s too much work to be done. Thankfully I am far from alone. There are millions of us, past and present, who will not be marginalized by a bunch of testosteronic morons who are scared to death of losing power.

And we’ll talk about some of these awesome women in Part 2 of our posts on Women’s History Month. To tide you over and give you more than a glimmer of hope, here is part of Malala Yousafzai’s speech when she became the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize.

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Hat Tips:

Pew Research Center , PolitifactThe HillUSAIDBBCPBS News Hour, Image Credit: Flickr



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