I’ve just recent written several posts about women.
That is because the first — and I think most important — question I ask of any group, be it a family, school, company, government, nation, or religion, is
How do you treat women?
And, as we all know, the answer is always less than we would hope, often tragically so.
Looking back, I learned this lesson early on, as I was the child of divorce back when divorce was much less common than it is today. My family was just myself and my mother, Janet Shields, from the age of three on.
My mother was a very intelligent woman; for example, she was very well-read and had one of the largest vocabularies I have ever noted. Yet she didn’t have a college education, and so spent her working life in secretarial and clerical-like positions. I saw the price she had to pay of being a woman at a time when a woman’s lot was much worse than it is today.
This is also why you will find me writing from time to time on the accomplishments of women. Each such step forward brings us closer to a much better society.
But I also expect the journey to be long, and that is because of one question for which I can’t find an answer:
The male leaders, be they bosses, educators, politicians, or most importantly, religious leaders who are in a position to do something about this problem are almost all also fathers, fathers of daughters who will become women.
How can these leaders NOT try to improve women’s lot, knowing that their own daughters will suffer if they don’t?
Do they leave their paternal obligations at home when they leave in the morniing?
Are they blind?
I don’t know. If you do, please tell me.