Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Women as Providers

Brazilian President - Dilma Vana Rousseff

 As I mentioned a few weeks ago, I am dedicating this summer to Women's Studies. So far, I have read the history of women's fashions, and most recently women and economics. In Why Gender Matters in Economics written by Mukesh Eswaran, it appears that women expect less from their employers, and are less aggressive because they fear they will be viewed as being pushy. This sounds like the mind of an eighteenth century woman! I once thought that women took one step forward and two steps backward; now, I'm beginning to believe that we have taken 1/4 step forward and about ten steps backwards.

     Mukesh Eswaran discusses research done by Sara Solneck which concludes that a female will ask for less than her male counterpart and an employer will offer a woman less than he would offer a male employee. Women are afraid to lose their jobs and afraid to appear greedy. Another research by Catherine Eckel and Phillip Grossman found that women leaders or employers are more generous than men yet still give less than they can afford.

     Women must begin to view themselves as the intelligent, wise, common sensical individuals they are. One particular story both upset and delighted me. It is the story of a young Pakistani woman whose husband beat her on a daily basis. They had barely enough to feed their frail children and her husband didn't even attempt to get a job, yet he blamed her for the female children she bore him and was ready to divorce her. In her utter despair, she borrowed under a hundred dollars from the Kashf Foundation, which helped her begin her embroidery business. Now, she supports not only her family but her extended family as well. Her husband has stopped beating her and sometimes even helps with the business.

     Research shows that an employed woman benefits her family much more so than an employed man. An employed woman will bring most of her salary back to her family; whereas, a man will spend on himself before bringing the money home to his family. Woman are family oriented and service oriented. It has been proven that female politicians will promote service type expenditures like better education and better welfare services.

     It is 2015 and still we hesitate to elect a woman president! Why! One needs to look around at our world to see what our male leaders have accomplished. In business, in family, and in politics women must be given equal consideration. We may not be able to open the mayo jar, but that doesn't mean we can't govern, lead, or direct.
© Natala Orobello

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