We hear all this stuff about a “War On Women” supposedly being waged by certain political activists on The Right and we hear a lot of the punditry of Conservatism denying that there is any such thing going on. (So what can one expect? Denial works sometime!)
I guess instead of me trying to make a case for whether there is a “War On Women” going on or not in America, I would suggest that whoever is interested just ask the Women.
The final determination one might make about this question probably will depend on which Women are asked about it all.
If the question is asked of an average, normal, everyday, lower-than-wealthy-income Woman, the answer may be more likely to be “Yes there is definitely a Right-Wing-Extreme-sponsored and promoted “War On Women” because of all the meddling in issues surrounding Women’s health care, employment outside the home and other such things.
On the other hand, if the question is asked of the typical more affluent Woman, (especially if the Woman happens to embrace any of the various levels of Conservative ideology or political view) the answer is more likely to be along the lines of, “Women are more interested in jobs and in the economy than in contraception, health care or anything else like that.” In this case, the response is, in my opinion, more likely to deny the existence of any “War On Women.”
Many on the Far Right or in the grip of Radical Conservatism will probably be inclined to just simply deny there is any such thing as a “War On Women” and will smugly retort that it is something all made up by Democrats, Liberals and Progressives. This may not be true in every case, but it has been true in most of the encounters I have had on the issue.
Again I say, “Ask the Women who are most affected and see what they have to say about it. Ask the big National Women’s Groups or go online and research a little.
I have learned about two different viewpoints by two different groups of Women from watching the news and the talk shows on TV— Both Main Stream Media TV and some Right Wing TV.
The thing is, if one makes a close study of statistics about Employment for Women in America in this century where we are living at present, one discovers that due to layoffs and dismissals (Among other factors), the Labor Force has lost more than 177,000 Women in the last few months.
This figure was gleaned from information reported to have been put out by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
So my question is, “Why are women being targeted in such large numbers for all these “Layoffs and Dismissals?”
It is sometimes reported that Women, in general, are often more formally educated than a lot of men but even with that, they are said to still be earning as much as 20% less than some men in the workforce. This is supposedly coming from the Labor Department, no less.
My question is, “Why do women in the Workforce tend to be paid less than men even though their educational level sometimes surpasses that of their male counterparts?
Is there any argument for the “War On Women” argument in those figures and revelations?
The pitiful state of affairs surrounding the employment of Women doesn’t stop with issues of targeted layoffs and dismissals and unfair disparities in compensation in my opinion.
There is some concern being voiced in certain circles about the perception that Women are also having to work part time more often than men and are being forced to find work in lower paying Public Sector jobs. This is also said to be based on information from The Labor Department.
The last question I have on this subject is this: “Given all the above, I also learned today that most of what many women earn at whatever jobs they can find usually goes for expenses connected to child care and these expenses can often be more than average rent payments on a home or apartment in many states.
All this cannot, in my opinion be mere circumstance.
All these issues seem to me to be forms of attack against the dignity, security and financial stability of American Women and, in my opinion, when there is “Attack” there is “War.”
If Rightie is successful in defeating funding for Planned Parenthood for example, is that not an attack on Women’s right to affordable (And often critical) health care?
Can you think of other examples of attacks being made against the rights of Women or against the government programs that might help many of them when they need help the most?
Can you figure out who it is that is obstructing, hampering and working hard to get funding for these often necessary helps slashed?
I will bet you will discover that none of these attacks against Women’s issues is coming from a Democrat, Progressive or Liberal.
I think I know something else too!
Is there any doubt in any one’s mind that the women being affected by all this will remember what their attackers are trying to do to them when it comes time to go to the polls and vote in November?
Is everyone aware that American Women can carry as much as 56% of the vote?
The results of all this should be interesting indeed!
Check out some facts and figures here: Department Of Labor Statistics On Women In The Work Force
Posted by John Liming as his political opinions.