Celebrating Women and Girls of the World.
Today is International Women's Day!!! While driving my daughter to school this morning, I was discussing with her the significance of this international celebration of women and girls to which she inquired, "What about boys?" "They can celebrate you and all the other girls in your class today," I said.
Of course, she's 5-years-old and doesn't know about inequality yet. She'll learn but for now, the world is an endless sea of possibility. In America, there are still many inequalities women and girls face from political to healthcare to sexual stigmas to funding and so on. Of course, these issues exist worldwide but as an American mum, I'll focus a bit on statistics here.
We are grossly underrepresented in government ... still.
- Women hold 22% of 100 seats in U.S. Senate
- Women hold 18.3% of 435 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives
- Women hold 12% of the 50 Governor positions
- Women hold 28% of Lieutenant Governor Positions
- Women hold 22.6% of the 1,972 State Senate seats
- Women hold 26.3% of the 5,411 State House/Assembly seats
- Women hold 21% of City Mayor positions
- And of the largest 100 cities in the USA, women hold only 20% of those Mayoral positions
Facts from: CAWP: Center for American Women and Politics
I'd like to point out that this information reflects ALL women. Women of color are grossly underrepresented in these numbers and that's an important distinction.
Moving on to violence in the USA ...
- On average 3 women are killed every day by an intimate partner.
- On average, 600 women a day are sexually assaulted or raped
- Women 24-years-old and younger are the most frequently (highest number) assaulted
- The poorer the household, the higher the rate of domestic violence. Women in the lowest income category experience more than 6x the rate of nonfatal intimate partner violence compared to women in the highest income category.
Facts from National Organization for Women
Here's an article on Huffington Post: 30 Shocking Domestic Violence Statistics
Women remain underrepresented in the science and engineering workforce, although to a lesser degree than in the past, with the greatest disparities occurring in engineering, computer science, and the physical sciences (NSF, Science & Engineering Indicators, 2016).
- Women make up half of the total U.S. college-educated workforce, but only 29% of the science and engineering workforce.
- Female scientists and engineers are concentrated in different occupations than are men, with relatively high shares of women in the social sciences (62%) and biological, agricultural, and environmental life sciences (48%) and relatively low shares in engineering (15%) and computer and mathematical sciences (25%).
- 35.2% of chemists are women;
- 11.1% of physicists and astronomers are women;
- 33.8% of environmental engineers are women;
- 22.7% of chemical engineers are women;
- 17.5% of civil, architectural, and sanitary engineers are women;
- 17.1% of industrial engineers are women;
- 10.7% of electrical or computer hardware engineers are women; and
- 7.9% of mechanical engineers are women.
Facts from National Girls Collaborative Project
Female Physicians make up only 32.4% of the workforce in 2010.
Female lawyers make up 33.4% of the workforce.
Furthermore, the pay is also an issue.
The median income for female lawyers was $90,000 compared to $122,000 for men.
The median income for female physicians was $112,128 compared to $186,916 for men.
Facts from Think Progress
Let's talk sports briefly ...
How about the epidemic of mass shooting in the USA broken down by gender: Don’t Blame Mental Illness for Mass Shootings; Blame Men
Half The Sky: Trailer
Like A Girl
And, what's most upsetting is while looking on YouTube for videos to illustrate some of the key points about feminism, sexism, women's issues, gender equality ... I looked up the term "gender equality" and do you know what flooded the list of videos? VIOLENCE TOWARD WOMEN!!! Most all of the videos that populated on this list were men claiming that "gender equality" is an excuse to physically assault women. Assaulting women is not equality. Look at the statistics -- women are assaulted enough. Men who assault women are criminal and fetishizing abusing women is just disgusting. I am appalled that the majority of videos that pulled up for this term show violence toward women -- why is that even allowed on the web? Why is showing the physical assault of a human being acceptable at all? It's disgusting. It's like fetish porn for violent men. It's sick.
So, I suppose that illustrates the reason why Women's Day is so important. The amount of hurdles we encounter and the twisted male ego and intellect is a HUGE hurdle to deal with. Men and their fetishism for dominance and abuse need to be addressed and not in a violent way. Boys need to learn about gender equality. Teens need to learn about gender equality. Men and fathers need to learn about gender equality. Girls and women should learn about gender equality, learn confidence and empowerment - and feel safe existing in the world.
If you think Women's History Month is an issue then you are part of the problem.
If you don't find value in the international celebration of women and girls on March 8th, you are part of the problem.
Be a part of the solution for a peaceful and equitable future for girls and women.