I read an interesting article on the Community Storyboard – you can find the original article here
But it got me thinking about the differences between men and women – no, not those differences. But how they are treated differently. I am 56 years old and I truly thought that all of the efforts for gender equality would have been, well, more equal by now. Maybe it is because I’m stuck in rural small town America. Hopefully it is better in large cities? We still don’t have wage equality, although more jobs are open to women than in the past.
When I was in college, women typically became teachers, secretaries and nurses. Not that any of those are unacceptable careers. But if a woman wanted to do something different, we had to continually challenge the system. As I’m older, I’m tired of challenging.
I’m good at my job – really good at it. But if I talk the way a man talks, I’m considered abrasive. If I make decisions the way a man would make them, I’m thought to be uncaring. But in reality, a man could make the same decisions or speak the same way, and no one would think twice. That is not only unfair, it is just wrong. Just because I have lady parts doesn’t change my brain and its capabilities.
I’m tired of going up against the man’s world I find myself immersed in. I’m ready to just hibernate and pack it in. But then, it is a step back for women everywhere. Women will continue to be seen as inferior or lesser than their male counterparts. I don’t want to be worn down by a system or way of thinking that continues on because I was worn out. But I’m weary.
Thoughts? Comments? Is it just me or do you find some of this thinking where you are too?