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Equality dictates that all persons (not just women) make a fair income commiserate with their education, level of experience, etc. To achieve this in the United States we must first address CEO pay. Their pay is ridiculously high, but they are few in number, so once their pay is redistributed it will only add a few dollars each year to the rest of our incomes. Next we must address the income of federal and state employees. Those of us in the private sector receive Medicare at age 65 and full social security retirement at age 67. The typical government employee receives both their retirement medical benefit and pension at age 52 (15 years earlier than the rest of us). If we increase all government employee retirement dates to age 63 then we could use the savings to reduce the full retirement age of the private sector to age 63. A early and more equal retirement date for all would make for a fairer society.
Our "Foremothers" Susan B. Anthony, Alice Paul and Elizabeth Cady Stanton would be HORRIFIED and embarrassed at how far women have achieved in 2009.
They pictured a future where their heirs and future women would have and live in EQUALITY. Women Rights is even last on the list of categories that the ACLU cares about.
It took HOW many years for Lily Ledbetter to finally get passed? Give me a break, the "progress" that was made from our right to vote to just being treated as an EQUAL to man is disgusting and we are mad as hell and we're not going to take it anymore!
Women in the USA are still are being discriminated against and the slow pace in which it has been led is now making the next generation of SUFFRAGETTES and I am proud to say I am one of them.
We do not trust our government as they are still jailing us for protecting our children, they fail to protect us from violent partners among other ancient practices of misogyny and the treatment of women/children as chattel.
We are weary of the lip service and promises and the crumbs that are handed to us mean nothing. We are studying the Women's movement and finding that movement is a joke as it should be re-labeled as a "CRAWL"
The women that are now blogging and putting up websites that I have networked within the last year is staggering. You say you want a revolution? Well America, you got it.
We know how hard it is for some men to imagine that they may get the same pay or less than a more qualified woman. As chauvinism is alive and well we will not let down the women that came before us and show them that not only can woman create life she can re-create society and their perceptions and misconceptions of women.
Human rights have been set back, potentially by decades, in the last week. I am sure you are aware of the legal setback Afghan women have faced over the last week and weeks with a law passed stripping them of basic rights over their own bodies and protecting themselves. If that's not bad enough, our own President made a statement supporting it. He will say he spoke out against it, but he followed it with a big "BUT".
- I am against the legalization of women being raped, BUT...
- I am against restricting the education of girls, BUT...
- I am against taking away the basic rights of married women, BUT...
How can he look his wife in the eyes after this "BUT"? How can he hope for the education of his daughters without hypocrisy? How can this NOT be a central issue for all of us? How can this NOT be a core issue in the media right now? How can there NOT be mass outrage?
You can say we have other more pressing issues to deal with right now. I'll say, those are symptomatic of the wrongs we are allowing at our very foundations.
Women are more than half the population. Educate a girl, feed a community. Empower a woman, raise a more productive family. These are facts, thoroughly documented by many sources and without foe.
Where is the outrage! Obama disappointed me this week, not for the first time, but with irrevocable impact. Where are our elected leaders on this issue? I've only received templated responses to my letters. What have you done about it?
Does Obama know what he's just done? We must speak out against his "BUT's".
Please help, my family and I have been tortured as part of an illegal agreement between North Korea & the US. Half of our family is trapped in North Korea and we fear they are being tortured by the Admirals & Generals in the NK Military. Our family is being held responsible for the decisions that led to Korea's occupation and the Korean War. They are part of the Joseon Dynasty. They have no military training and are defenseless. We're enduring assaults, hate crimes, stalking, enslavement and discrimination. Please help.
BBC News - Film on NK Camps, Starvation, Rape Electric Baton, BDSMRopes, clubs, Admirals&Generals torturing defenseless prisoners, 200,000+PRISONERS (Joseon family trapped also trapped in NK, tortured 55 years)
(please view these videos then TRAVEL TO SEOUL & HELP PROTEST!!!!!!)
MBC THE ONLY MAJOR KOREAN NETWORK NOT CENSORED GNP ILLEGAL BILLS!!
(PLAY THIS ENTIRE VIDEO, BROADCASTS IN 5 LANGUAGES)
NEW MBC NEWS
1,000,000 - ONE MILLION+ KOREAN CITIZENS PROTESTING!!! HELP PROTEST!!
ROK: VIOLENT RIOT POLICE BEATINGS, METAL POLES, METAL BATS, MYUNG BAK AUTHORIZED VIOLENT RIOT POLICE!!! TRAVEL TO SEOUL & PROTEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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