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The United Boy’s Club of America: Equality is an American Fiction

Equality and opportunity for all?? Not quite.


Unless you’ve been on a serious news-diet (and I almost wouldn’t blame you for avoiding all the bad news out there) for the past …well… forever, you’re aware of the extreme 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 Trump’s repeated and unapologetic 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.

The United Boy’s Club of America: Equality is an American Fiction

The United Boy’s Club of America: Equality is an American Fiction

In the last presidential election, the New Yorker’s cover showed all the potential Republican nominees (but, interestingly, left out the already-announced –and now irrelevant– Carly Fiorina.)

America’s propaganda machine has always spread the “American Dream” fallacy that the United States is a free country founded on the idea of upward mobility and equality for all. But we all know that’s simply not true.

The USA has always had less upward mobility than Canada, Australia, and Europe, and yet “Movin’ On Up” is practically the national anthem. It doesn’t take a brain surgeon to see that the USA, its corporations, its media, its advertising, its political system is still controlled primarily by wealthy old white male trustfunders who’ve never had to struggle financially. And it makes sense that this group wants the rest of us to think we have the same opportunities as they do. The last thing they want is women and minorities fighting back and taking a larger piece of their power pie.

America is supposedly founded on the idea of opportunity and equality for all — but who are we kidding, really?

Take one hard look at how women, gay, and black people have been marginalized by the US government, and it’s glaringly clear that justice, empathy, and equality isn’t something that the American government has traditionally made a priority.

What about Obama, you say? It’s true that when Obama was in power, he made many attempts to remedy that, but was continually blocked by Senate Republicans. Not because their constituents disagreed with the changes Obama wanted to make, but simply because Obama is ‘on the opposing team’.

Clearly, it’s time for change.

The United Boy’s Club of America: Equality is an American Fiction

The American government is a major sausage-fest, even when the Dem’s are in the White House

After all, almost all other democratic countries have had multiple female presidents/prime ministers (including Pakistan — I mean, come on!!). But in the United Boy’s Club of America, women still hold less than 20% of congressional seats, and just over 10% of governorships.

In fact, 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. But then again, if they wanted more women in power, there would be more women in power. Not surprisingly, at the current rate of progress, it will take nearly 500 years for women to reach fair representation in government. And that’s not by accident…

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.

The United Boy’s Club of America: Equality is an American Fiction

Because of this, America falls short in legislation that benefits women, including paid maternity leave, which benefits us all.

How are women supposed to have a voice, or stand up for women’s rights, when we’re vastly 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.

So what can we do to change this? Attend and organize more Women’s Marches. Educate yourself about all the subtle ways that the media and society tries to get women to internalize misogyny. Stand up to people who say sexist things. Speak up and ask for a promotion. Get out and vote for female and minority candidates (and bring friends with you). Maybe even consider running for office. Because it’s time for women to have their say.

Read more in the ‘United Boys Club of America’ series:


Tell us; do you vote in local elections? Have you ever voted for a female politician?

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Reader Discussion: 94 Comments

  1. Avatar of Matt Ratchford

    Matt Ratchford

    We should also note the bias of the leftist media. They intentionally attack conservative women and repeatedly present them in an unfavorable light. For example when Sarah Palin made the statement “They’re our next-door neighbors, and you can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska, from an island in Alaska.” The news and SNL immediately pounced to make her statement sound crazy. They claimed she said “I can see Russia from my back door”. In actuality there is only a 2.5 mile body of water between our two countries. On clear weather days Russia can be seen from Alaska. On occasion the water will freeze enough that a person can actually walk across it. But again, the media wanted to slander a woman because she was conservative. Here is a list of some other strong women I’m sure we can all support:

    1—Sarah Palin

    Nominee for Vice President in 2008, Governor of Alaska, leader of Tea Party Movement in America, a widely admired professional, wife, mother and woman of faith.

    2—Congresswoman Michele Bachmann

    Three term congresswoman from Minnesota, wife, mother of 5, foster mother of 23, national leader for taxpayers besieged by overwhelming government intrusion into their lives.

    3—Phyllis Schlafly

    Led the charge against radical feminism in the 1970’s by mobilizing millions of women to defeat the Equal Rights Amendment. She is the founder and president of Eagle Forum, author of more than 20 books, attorney, syndicated columnist, campus lecturer and debater, married 45 years, and mother of four sons and two daughters.

    4—Ann Coulter

    Author of seven New York Times best-selling books, a television and radio commentator, attorney, nationally syndicated columnist, and the most popular campus speaker in the country.

    5—Michelle Malkin

    New York Times best-selling author of titles including Culture of Corruption, Invasion, In Defense of Internment, and Unhinged. Malkin runs the most popular conservative blog in America averaging 6 million page views per month, has been married for 18 years, is a popular campus speaker, and mother of two.

    6—Bay Buchanan

    United States Treasurer under President Reagan beginning in 1981. At the age of 32, she was the youngest person to hold that position since it was established in 1775. Bay currently serves as president of The American Cause, an educational foundation dedicated to advancing traditional conservative issues.

    7—Marji Ross

    President and publisher of Regnery Publishing, which has published over 50 best- selling books during her tenure. Her decision to print John O’Neill’s, Unfit for Command: Swift Boat Veterans Speak Out Against John Kerry changed the course of history in 2004. She is a wife and proud mother of three daughters.

    8—Cleta Mitchell

    President of the American Conservative Union Foundation which funds the annual Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, DC. With more than 30 years of experience in law, politics and public policy, Ms. Mitchell advises corporations, nonprofit and issue organizations, candidates, campaigns, and individuals on state and federal campaign finance law, election law, and compliance issues related to lobbying, ethics and financial disclosure.

    9—Michelle Easton

    Founded Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute, the foremost organization devoted to mentoring young women for strong conservative leadership, served 12 years for President Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush, president of Virginia State Board of Education for Governor Allen, attorney, married 31 years, and mother of three sons.

    10—Star Parker

    A former single welfare mother living in Los Angeles who reformed her life and became the president and founder of the Coalition on Urban Renewal and Education (CURE). Wrote two books, Pimps, Whores and Welfare Brats and Uncle Sam’s Plantation, powerful campus speaker, television and radio personality, and mother of two daughters. In 2010, Star ran for the Republican Congressional seat in California’s 37th District and was unanimously elected. Though she did not win, she increased Republican votes in the district.

    (Honorary) 11—Margaret Thatcher

    Conservative and first female Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. Worked alongside President Reagan to defeat communism and promote the values of freedom and limited government. Though not an American, Lady Thatcher’s conservative leadership in the United Kingdom has been an inspiration to the U.S. Conservative Movement and to many all over the world.

  2. Avatar of Gwen Buckley

    Gwen Buckley

    I believe that women are not empowered enough up to this day to handle any serious and key position in the government. There will be too much emotion that it will hinder them to deliver real solutions to the problems that exist in our society as a whole. Until women master their feelings and become more assertive, they can’t have any chair for themselves…

  3. Avatar of Anna Hendrickson

    Anna Hendrickson

    My white boss for some time won’t let me take a leave from work when my daughter got sick. I simply asked her what would she do if she’s in the same situation, I didn’t wait for her answer and just left the room. I left early at work and didn’t go to work until I get my daughter to the doctor and be well. At last, I decided not to come back to that sick environment anymore. I was on my way to find another work when the b***h called for me to go back to the office. Hell no! I found another job (though it is not easy, took me two weeks, and mty boss kept calling for a time to get me back to work) and I’m at peace knowing that I made the right choice. Sometimes, we just have to slap the hard truth in their face.

  4. Avatar of Denisse Isaacs

    Denisse Isaacs

    Yes, we must educate ourselves about our current situation in the country. Women’s rights have advanced far but not far enough to be felt by each and everyone across the US. We should not wait for the time when we reach the point that history will repeat itself when women and other minorities are not treated the same and equal.

  5. Avatar of Jamar Edwards

    Jamar Edwards

    This is a simple truth! We are being led and controlled by misogynists. Even if we finally elect a female president in the future, we can’t truly be a land of equality. Greedy white males will always find ways on how to turn the tables for their own benefit.

  6. Avatar of Stephanie Craig

    Stephanie Craig

    America: Home of the brave and land of the free,… and the Racist!!! come on people, let’s wake up with this reality!!! We are all hypocrites when it comes to this matter. We should change our ways to fully live with our tenets of equality!!!

  7. Avatar of Jennifer Hartmann

    Jennifer Hartmann

    There will always be inequality in America. From the streets to the White House, we always see how people treat women differently from men. Women can’t be their real selves, they can’t fully express their thoughts, and they can’t show their true potentials. Not to mention the inequality that exists among different race and color.

  8. Avatar of Kelliekress

    As for the negative comments about women being in politics, don’t worry, those idiots will never be in government. Hahaha!

  9. Avatar of Doriss

    Don’t be too hard for women. Always remember that they are the reason behind our every success in life. Think of your mother. Do you want your mother to be treated like shit? Of course, not.

  10. Avatar of Shari Pena

    I will understand UAE because that is their culture, but the USA? For real? That’s is not in our culture, that is nothing. Men just want powers.

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