Tuesday, March 08, 2005

Until we start making at least seventy-four cents on the dollar...

In case Google's little female smbol confused you, today is International Women's Day.

A few fun facts about women:

We represent just 49% of births, yet 51% of the living population.

On average in the US, we live five years longer than men.

In the US we make 73 cents for every dollar a man makes for doing the same work.

We represent nearly 60% of AIDS/HIV cases in sub-Saharan Africa.

We have a higher tolerance for physical pain than men.

Most of us don't watch the Lifetime Network or eat ice cream when we're depressed.

We can make babies without men.

Your mom is or was one of us.

In short, it's a mixed bag being a woman. Socially and economically we remain shockingly disadvantaged, but I wouldn't trade in my womanhood for anything in the world. The fact that my being an opinionated leader and a woman still manages to impress people is indicative of larger cultural ills. Though I have never chosen to be involved in organizations that deal directly with elevating the status of women, I hope that my success in the ASUC, with the campus' favorite "boy's club" (the Squelch), as a published author, and as a student has contributed to inspiring at least a few men and women in my life to respect women and their abilities.

If you're a man and you want to know what being a woman is all about, undertake a meaningful and mutually respectful relationship with one, and see what you can get out of it.


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