Skip to comments.‘A Day Without a Woman’ Strike Promotes Idea of Women as Helpless
Posted on 03/09/2017 2:06:16 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
The way to help women continue to move forward isnt to propagate the myth that women in the United States are victims, oppressed by the system and unable to help themselves secure a better future.
Yet thats exactly the message of the “A Day Without a Woman” strike happening Wednesday.
Various organizers, including the Womens March crowd and other feminists, are pushing women to take the day off, from paid and unpaid labor, as well as by not shopping (except at small, women- and minority-owned businesses) and by wearing red.
An op-ed advocating the strike published in The Guardian last month by eight women (including a convicted terrorist, but hey, lets not get hung up on details) explicitly makes the case that many women cannot improve their conditions:
Lean-in feminism and other variants of corporate feminism have failed the overwhelming majority of us, who do not have access to individual self-promotion and advancement and whose conditions of life can be improved only through policies that defend social reproduction, secure reproductive justice and guarantee labor rights. As we see it, the new wave of womens mobilization must address all these concerns in a frontal way. It must be a feminism for the 99 percent.
Here are some facts that belie the notion that women in the United States are facing some kind of rampant systemic injustice:
And that often-cited pay gap? As my colleague Romina Boccia has noted, much of the pay gap between men and women can be attributed to factors such as the fields women choose to work in, and the time off work that women choose to take.
When accounting for relevant factors that affect pay, such as education, choice of industry and occupation, hours worked, experience, and career interruptions, the difference between average male and female wages shrinks to about 5 to 7 cents on the dollar, Boccia, who focuses on fiscal and economic issues in her work at The Heritage Foundation, wrote.
Now, dont get me wrong: Theres room for more progress. It would be good to eliminate the pay gap entirely, even if its significantly less than the left often acts like it is.
And while I dont think there needs to be 50-50 representation in business leadership roles and elected positions, it would be nice to have more women in those positions than we currently do. (Although its telling that often feminists on the left seem to drift toward accepting a mans view of successi.e. high leadership positionsinstead of questioning whether a successful, fulfilling life for some women might look different.)
And while Ill acknowledge that Sheryl Sandberg, the Facebook executive and author of Lean In, certainly has had more opportunities than many women, its absurd to say 99 percent of women are powerless to change their fates. Women in a variety of careers and seniority statuses have the ability to ask for higher pay, switch jobs, acquire more education to be better positioned for jobs, and make a host of other decisions that could affect their lives positively.
In fact, one of the things most interesting about the Hired.com survey was that young women are actually asking for more compensationand clearly, theyre getting results.
But heres what wont help: a strike that affects all companieswhether they are helpful toward women or not. In fact, given that over 7 out of 10 women think their workplaces treat them fairly, it stands to reason that most workplaces havent done anything to merit this strike.
And lets not forget how this strike against the patriarchy is going to affect women: Already some school districts across the country are planning to be closed Wednesday, leaving moms (and yes, dads) who work facing a child care headache. Thats hardly the way to boost working women.
Cancelling school for “day w/o women” is gonna hurt a lot of working moms who don’t have luxury of skipping work to make a political point
Amanda Carpenter (@amandacarpenter) March 6, 2017
If women are serious about changing workplace attitudes, there are plenty of ways to do so. Applauding companies who offer paid family leave and encouraging consumers to support them can help promote a culture where workplaces are more family-friendly. (Think public opinion doesnt matter? Consider the fact that Netflix, after being criticized for offering extensive paid family leave to salaried employees but not hourly workers, changed its policy.)
A group called Parenting in the Workplace Institute, founded by mom Carla Moquin, tracks companies that allow parents to bring babies to work and advises companies on the best related practices.
Were not in the Mad Men era anymore, and its time to stop pretending we are. Instead of throwing a temper tantrum, er, striking, women who want to change the status quo further likely would be more effectivenot to mention more considerate of women and men who need services like schools during the weekby focusing on specific problems at specific companies. Such women also could encourage other women to become their own best advocates.
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If people don’t value you already, a day without you won’t help.
All I gleaned from this is that Liberal Women are whining disgusting idiots...Did I miss something?
I boosted my hourly wage when my company (probably to fend off lawyers) promoted some token women; I get the same pay but for a LOT less hours. Now I get to “work like a girl”...
These women are why men aren’t getting married when they are in their twenties and even thirties. Then again, we have a population of little boys who don’t want to grow up either.
I blame it on public schools, political correctness, entitlements and yes the parents. Oh and all the shiny little toys.
Maybe we ought to have “A DAY WITHOUT MEN!” and see how they like it!...................
How about “A DAY WITHOUT WHITE MEN?” Us white men are the preferred targets of the PC culture nowadays.
Let’s see how everybody else does without us. :-)
And the women who worked yesterday have integrity and my complete respect. Way to go ladies!
I’ve been married for years, but don’t question why young men today don’t get married; they risk far more than their prospective spouses.
.....”All I gleaned from this is that Liberal Women are whining disgusting idiots...Did I miss something?”.....
No, you didn’t miss anything....just another effort of feministic 60’s women attempting to hold onto the power they thought they had.
Pelosi and Hillary, Streisand, Cher, Madonna and the likes of these are behind the times, outdated and living in the past. They just can’t let go they are no longer significant except to give fuzzy strokes on each others backs....
....”These women are why men arent getting married when they are in their twenties and even thirties”....
Why should they marry anyway? It’s a lose lose for them no matter how pretty the picture gets “painted”. Women always walk away with the bank and the kids...so it’s a bad deal for men to even consider taking the risk.
Maybe there should be an honest and open discussion of why so many women who have so much are so unhappy. Downright miserable is more like it.
While women may not be where they (think) they want to be, fact is women have more than ever before financially, socially, educationally, political power, etc.
Maybe someday they’ll understand that apart from God there is no true fulfillment; only God truly satisfies.
It is a scientific fact that heterosexual white men are the only demographic group capable of accomplishing anything without the help of heterosexual white males
The media would have you believe these activists represent most women. BS!
How about a day without a democrat. We could all use one.
They most certainly don’t represent me or the women that i hang out with!
In this case you are part of the unreported majority.
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