Lets start with a photo of Fall flowers, a beautiful gift from a good friend. I am in a mood so I am warning you about it right now. I am over this election as many of you are. The unbelievable disrespect for women in this election is putting me over the edge. I am a Feminist, and I say that proudly. I am an advocate for equal rights for women in all areas of life. Women should be treated equally and have all the opportunities men do. And frankly in 2016, in the United States of America, that is sadly not the case. We are paid 78% of what men are paid. Women make up only 19.4% of the seats in congress and as we very well know there has never been a woman president. If you think that is because no woman has been capable you are sadly mistaken. I found this amazing site Status of Women which tells us how individual states rank in terms of economic equality, health care, etc for women. Florida gets pretty bad grades, which is not a surprise to me. Ranking 37th in employment and earnings for women, and 30th for health care.
Being a full fledged Feminist does not mean I am anti-men, it means that I demand equal rights for everyone of every sex, color, religion and culture. The word Feminist has some how gotten a bad reputation, it shouldn't. Many, many women have fought over the years to get us this far and we still have a long way to go. Equal pay helps reduce poverty, which in turn cuts down on government dependence. Equal pay helps grow the economy, such a simple thought that some how gets left in the dust during our election cycle.
I think that Hillary Clinton, with her knowledge and her background is an amazing woman. If you say she is a liar you must look at her opposing candidate, you must listen to all the lies he says. She takes all the hits thrown her way with grace, that much can not be said for her opponent. In terms of gender equality, can you imagine if she had interrupted her opponent in the debate over 50 times? Can you imagine if she had talked over her opponent and the moderator as much as her opponent did, or even less than he did? She would have been called all sorts of things that her opponent was not. Can you imagine if she went on a Twitter storm and called a man horrible, degrading names and made issue with his body? She is held to a completely different standard and is judged by her looks, not smiling enough, smiling too much, or being, "over prepared." Frankly I want my president to be over prepared on all issues, whether my president is male or female.
I am not asking you to change your vote, your vote is entirely up to you. What I am asking is for you to fact check when you hear something, not just assume it is right. Fact check on a non-partisan site so you get a true answer, not one that is in favor of either candidate, it is just the truth. Politifact is a great site that will let you know the truth on both candidates. I am asking you to think of your daughters, granddaughters, nieces, and the little girl next door. I am asking that you think of the world you want them to live in, that we give them the equal rights they so deserve. That they, like everyone else, should be treated with respect in their communities, in their work place and in their homes. What kind of a world do we want to leave our children, our children of every sex, color, religion and background, that is how you should vote. I know you all love Little Buddy, he is an amazing little boy. I think of how he will be treated in life and I want him to have equal opportunities also. I want him to be judged by what he has to offer, not be shunned by his disability. I have raised two young men that I have taught that they are not special because they are male, or Caucasian. They are special by who they are and what they can contribute. They have been taught that they must treat everyone equally, every single person, not just who is convenient and who has the same belief system as them. Every. Single. Person! That includes the person they don't like and don't agree with. That is the world I want Little Buddy to grow up in. A world where everyone is equal no matter your sex, color, religious belief or background. That is who a Feminist is, not a women lover at the expense of men, simply a lover of all.
I may lose many of you with this post, so sorry about that but I cannot hide who I am and I am a proponent for equality in all forms. Don't you think Little Buddy deserves a better world? I do.