Hannah and Je together

Wednesday, 30 December 2015

Gender Equality in America

Living in America, I inevitably talk to Americans.  And almost always I find that they think America is the greatest country not only in the world but even EVER in history as well as the best place to live in.  So, sometimes I ask them which countries they have lived visited, and about 70% of the answer is surprisingly None.  Quite many of them did not even go outside their state for whole life.

I am not quite sure in what sense America is the greatest country in the world.  Maybe Yosemite?  Or maybe highest incarceration rate per capita in the world?  Or highest gun related crime and homicide in the whole world ever in history?  Or spending more money on the military and weapons than the rest of the world combined (Stockholm International Peace Research Institute 2015 Fact Sheet), rather than improving education, health, welfare and infrastructure?

Most Americans believe that America is the best country for human rights including gender equality.  For this – human rights – matter, I do not also agree but I do not publicly express my thoughts.  I am quite interested in gender matter.  My goal is not equality but equity (I prefer say it fairness).  I’ve recently read a huffington post article – http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/foreign-women-assess-us-gender-equality_566ef77de4b0e292150e92f0

There are actually long way to go.  Though money is not everything, it can still be a measure and we have significant difference in wages.  Women get paid much less in Hollywood and even in White House.

In U.S Cabinet, there are seven women out of 23 (excluding President) which is 30% while there are exactly half women in Canadian Cabinet.  Even Canada has a First Nations Woman as the minister of justice and attorney general who will oversea the court cases of First Nation’s appeal to get their land back.  And the minister of National Defence is a Indian Sikh immigrant.

They say that the very first step to solve a problem is to recognise there is one.  To make America really the best and/or greatest country, American media must stop hypnosis on their people, and Americans should stop doing mental masturbation reciting that “we are the greatest.”  They must throw away the drugs of greatness.

I am not saying that America is worst country.  Human rights and women’s status are almost best in comparison to those of North Korea, Middle Eastern countries such as ISIL.  But we should not be satisfied and continue progressing.

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