Thursday, December 17, 2015

USA 72nd for gender equality

Sexism is not over in the USA, sorry ya'll. Canada is doing much better than us on United Nations measures, and so are 71 other countries. See for yourself:

“The U.S. is near the bottom of the list when it comes to gender parity in office,”Souza-Rezendes said. “We’re behind Afghanistan even.” In Kabul (the capital of Afghanistan), 27.7% of parliamentary seats are held by women, in comparison to 19.4% in the U.S. Congress. So all you people who cry about Muslim countries being backwards on women's rights, think about that. (source)

Meanwhile, in Canada...Trudeau appointed 50% women to his cabinet (source). But overall, Canada has 26% women in federal government. So with 27.7%, Afghanistan still beats us both.

So, why is it so difficult for USA women in politics?

"Republican presidential candidate and former CEO Carly Fiorina was asked why she didn’t smile more after the second presidential debate by a host of conservative commentators,"(source). I guess the Presidency is just another Miss America Pageant to them. I know making a good impression in politics is important, but when's the last time you asked a man why he wasn't smiling?

USA Voters also vote for male candidates they don't like all the time (the lesser of two evils, etc), but have not shown a willingness to do the same for female candidates. Women in any position of power have this problem, like the New York Times editor Jill Abramson, who won 8 Pulitzers in 3 years but still was fired because she was "polarizing and mercurial." In general, men in power are allowed to be assholes if they get stuff done, but women are expected to be friendly and easy to work with. Otherwise, you KNOW there's a special word just for us...

But to end on a positive note, that same NYT editor doesn't think women should cope by being friendly to everyone. Rather, "it is crucial for women to ascertain their own individual leadership styles and to know whom they can count on for support. Figuring out who your allies are as a leader is more important than finely calibrating how pleasant to be.” So, figure out who CAN see your true value, and nurture positive relationships with those people.

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