The United Boy’s Club of America: Equality is an American Fiction
America is supposedly founded on the idea of opportunity and equality for all — but who are we kidding, really?
We’ve all heard about the sexism that female politicians have to face. It’s an unfortunate truth; the general tone of misogyny found in American media is no less prevalent in the political arena. From Drumpf‘s vulgar snips at female candidates, reporters and moderators, to the undertones in litter-liners like The New York Post, women in politics are far more likely to be subjected to inappropriate media scrutiny and criticism than their male counterparts.
Lack of Representation: How equality is an American fiction
America’s propaganda machine dictates that we live in a country supposedly founded on the idea of opportunity and equality for all.
But do we really?
Take one hard look at how gay and black people have been treated by the US government, and it’s glaringly clear that justice, empathy and equality isn’t something that America has traditionally made a priority. Obama has made many attempts to remedy that, but he’s been continually blocked by bigoted and corrupt Senate Republicans.
women still hold less than 20 percent of congressional seats, and just over 10 percent of governorships, despite composing a majority of the US population.
500 years for women to reach fair representation in government. And that’s not by accident…America ranks 94th in the world for percentage of women in its national legislature. This should be humiliating to our government, as we fall just behind Kenya and Indonesia, and barely ahead of the United Arab Emirates. t the current rate of progress, it will take nearly
There’s no doubt: America is not a world leader when it comes to equality.
This is an especially important issue, because various studies have shown that having more women in politics makes a significant difference in terms of the policies that get passed. Female legislators are far more likely to try to get progressive policy passed on issues like the environment, support for families, civil rights, education, health, labor, violence prevention, incarceration and other important social issues.
Here’s just one of many examples where America falls short in legislation that benefits women, including paid maternity leave, which benefits us all:
The state of maternity (and paternity) leave in America is absolutely terrible. Here’s why:
How are women supposed to have a voice, or stand up for women’s rights, when we’re outnumbered in every voting situation? In all types of positions of power, women continue to be largely underrepresented across the United States. I’ll save the almost non-existent representation of gay, atheist, black and ethnic people for another article; that’s a whole other can of worms.
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Tell us; do you vote in local elections? Have you ever voted for a female politician?