Wednesday, March 8, 2017

International Women's Day

I didn't strike today, and I forgot to wear red, but I did manage not to buy anything. I'm honestly having a bit of mixed feelings toward the idea of a strike, though looking at my 90% female office did make me realize that the optics of all of us striking would have been, well, striking. I sometimes wonder if equality is even possible in a capitalist society.

But, I also want to take some time out today to say how vital "women's work" is, and how vital it is that men and women all recognize that. When a politician says that motherhood is the most important job in the world, I want him to back it up with parental leave policies for working families. I want traditionally female roles to be paid equal wages to traditionally male roles and I want to see women in all levels of government and industry, across all fields. I want equal healthcare, including equal medical tests and funding for diseases that mostly affect women. I want equality, now and always, even if I'm not sure it will happen in my lifetime.

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