Betty Friedan is Turning Over in Her Grave!

In the first half of the 20th Century it would not be surprising to see advertisements like these:

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In 1963 Betty Friedan published the Feminine Mystique.

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It was an attempt to identify the problem that had no name.  Women were frustrated that there was little support for women who wanted to pursue a career outside the home.  Fifty three years later women are still fighting for equal treatment.

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In the year that we hope to see the election of our first female President, women are wondering why we are still paid less than our male counterparts.  Women earn $ .79  for every dollar earned by men.  Women, on average, earn less than men in virtually every occupation for which there is sufficient earnings data for both men and women to calculate an earnings ratio.

Every 2 minutes a woman is sexually assaulted in the United States. A man convicted of raping an unconscious woman behind a dumpster, served three months in jail.  Women are earning more college and graduate degrees than men, but represent only 29.9% of the board members on college boards.  Women are disadvantaged in the work place in many ways.  When women speak out about sexual harassment, it seems that nobody believes them unless MANY women come forward.  The recent suit again Fox News is only one recent example.  Gretchen Carlson filed suit but the case was not settled until at least 20 women came forward to confirm their experiences.  When a claim was made against Herman Cain by Sharon Bialek, nobody took the claims seriously until at least four other women came forward.  It still took the report of Ginger White of a 13 year affair with Cain, to convince the public of the inappropriate behavior of Cain. When the allegations of rape were made against Bill Cosby,

Now over 60 women have come forward to tell their stories of rape, drug facilitated sexual assault, sexual battery, child sexual abuse, and/or sexual misconduct.  Donald Trump, the Republican Nominee for President of the United States, has been reported to be a rapist and child molester.

The year is 2016.  Women were awarded the right to vote almost 100 years ago.  Yet we are still susceptible to being treated as second class citizens.  This month Boys Life Magazine, and Girls Life Magazines illustrate the problem.

September 2016-Boys Life Magazine

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September 2016-Girls Life Magazine

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Women represent the majority of voters in this country, and women vote at a higher percentage than men.  We must demand that this desperate treatment for women stop, and stop NOW.  IT is not acceptable for any candidate for President to treat women with such disrespect.  VOTE!

Together we can make a difference, but we must all do our part.

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