After decades of struggle, full-time working women still earn only 81 percent of a man's wage for the same work, or 77 percent if she's married or a single mother.
Families run by a working mom are 10 to 15 percent more likely to live below the poverty line than a male-headed household, regardless of education or ethnicity.
Just 12 percent of workers receive paid time off for a new baby, a dying parent or similar significant event, and only half receive even unpaid leave. The vast majority of these caregivers are female, and must take family leave without pay, a further loss of income.
Roe v. Wade was decided as a right to privacy issue in 1973, but is now under attack. Apparently, a fetus has a "right to life," but its mother does not. So-called right-to-lifers now want to eliminate the buffer between them and the women they harass at reproductive health centers. The protesters' right to freedom of speech outweighs the right to privacy, safety, and freedom from harassment of these women. It's dehumanizing; but wait, there's more.
Lastly, the gun lobby is pushing Congress to pass legislation, ensuring that domestic abusers, known to be violent and life-threatening, are allowed to have guns. Their Second Amendment rights are protected, but not a woman's right to freedom from assault and death.
What's going on? Are women only political pawns?
Patricia Ann Sinclair