Scallywag

Of all forms of caution, caution in love is perhaps the most fatal to true happiness.

~ Bertrand Russell ~

Women’s Work

November 12th, 2012 ~ Est. reading time: 1 min, 24 secs

Women and work.

What makes a job only suitable for women and not for men? Give up? Me too. I have no idea.

Women are capable of doing whatever they want to do, of course. Today, anything less seems more than strange, it’s disconcerting.

This isn’t noble thinking or some socio-political stand. To me, it’s about practicality and respect. Sure, some will argue that women and men observing separate job roles works well. But I conclude that idea isn’t exactly true.

The straitjacket of dictated limitations has frustrated many women in history. So the desire for equal opportunity is nothing new. It’s only that appreciation for work equality irrespective of gender is relatively recent. Beforehand, those yearning for alternatives faced labelling, shunning, and public humiliation. While the majority didn’t give it much thought, let alone dare to question.

Still, despite all that has been said and done to bring women equal opportunity there are still people who resist the idea. Their attitudes are driven by traditions and ill-considered beliefs that men are better, or that the best ways are the old ways. Regrettably, I don’t think these people have room in their hearts and heads for change. To them, women must not be given an even footing and that is decisively that. Then again, I hear the Flat Earth Society is still doing well, and astronauts never landed on the moon… R-i-ght.

What matters is women are given a fair go and know that they are entitled to dream and achieve whatever they wish. We simply cannot wait for complete consensus. Some things are way too important to wait for that.

So let’s see this through with matter of fact expectancy. All women everywhere deserve equality, regardless of creed, belief systems, or government regulations. In 2012 I’m surprised it still needs being said, but it does. For the sake of women and, indeed, everyone it’s high time we all moved on.

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