Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Slouching Toward Feminism

Nate: "I had a feminist moment the other day."

Me: "What do you mean?"

Nate: "I was working on a project and pulling a list of all the town planners, firefighters and police in a certain region and I noticed they were all men. There weren't any women at all."

This led to a discussion about why that might be, beyond general hiring sexism. That part of the conversation isn't what I wanted to write about.

I wanted to write that I am so proud of Nate's ability to notice the issue, and willingness to acknowledge there was a lack of women in these types of leadership roles.

Not everyone takes the time to look around them and see these things. For myself, I see a huge gap between the number of male leaders and female leaders. I don't worry about this so much for myself, as I do for women and humanity in general. Half of our country's population is made up of women, and yet the majority of the decisions about women's health issues, including birth control are made by men.

The way toward progress is for people to recognize the gap, and to ask themselves, why aren't there more women leaders? This goes for the local level up to the White House.

Look around you today. Do you see women in powerful positions? Who are they?