You Can Sit With Us

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Well, here we are in 2015 and women are still facing discrimination in and out of the workplace. This crap boils my blood but I will compose myself so my message comes through in facts not just emotion because God forbid I should I have some emotions over women feeling less than they were created to be.

Women still earn on average 77 cents for every dollar earned by men.

Women are at greater risk of poverty than men in all stages of their lives- mainly because of ongoing employment discrimination as well as greater responsibilities for unpaid caregiving.

Women face more harassment and other forms of discrimination that include barriers to nontraditional careers than men.

49 countries in the world have had a woman leader: the United States has not ( yet).

Women are still being unfairly represented in the media- Less roles for women actors, movie critics, producers and directors. Look at the recent controversy in the Country Music Arena from a radio consultant saying” If you want to make ratings, take females out!”

Occupational Discrimination- Men still outnumber women as close to a rate of 73 percent in all science and engineering sectors.

Pregnancy and child discrimination- ACLU compiled a study that shows that women are still being discriminated for becoming pregnant and maternity leave.

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Sexual Violence- 9 out of 10 victims of rape of attempted rape are women

Abuse ( all forms) 3 out of 10 women versus 1 out of 10 men

Court system discrimination that includes racism, sexism and economic oppression is far greater for women than men according to the WADCS.

Women are still being charged more for haircuts ( no matter what the length) and dry-cleaning.

Blaming and shaming is still an issue for women especially if single not just by men but also by women.…. Here is an excerpt from one mommy who writes for the Huffington Post

Months after leaving my daughter’s father, I confessed to him that I was having a hard time adjusting to being a single mom. I was having a hard time with my four-hour daily commute — an hour on the bus across the Bronx to upper Manhattan to drop her off with my grandmother, then an hour on the train to get to work, then the reverse in the evenings — five, sometimes six days a week. Then I had to feed my little girl, bathe her, read to her, and coddle her. By the time I put her down for the night, I was utterly exhausted but still had to bathe and get myself ready for the next day. I had to read, and I had to write. I am a writer, after all.

His response went something like, “Give me custody. I’ll take her.” As if that were what I was saying.

That was my entry into the shame imposed on us single moms. We can’t say it’s hard. We can’t cry over the pressure. We are supposed to grin and bear it. It’s no wonder so many snap, so many are depressed, so many take this pent-up rage and resentment out on their kids. I’m not saying it’s right. I’m saying I understand, carajo.

When my girl was 3, I started working for a nonprofit in the South Bronx. I worked five days a week, and my commute was four hours a day. I remember once talking to my co-workers about how hard it was. One of the women in my office had also raised her now-adult children alone, and the boss, a man, had been raised by a single mother, as had the head college advisor, so I thought I was in the company of people whom I could commiserate with, who would understand why I felt so overwhelmed. I wasn’t looking for pity. I wanted — needed — to hear, “Me too.” I wanted to hear how they’d survived it, how they’d made do.

The older woman later said, “Don’t say that in front of bossman.” She said his mother had raised three kids on her own and had never complained. She’d been a strong black woman who’d held it down by herself, raising her kids in a notoriously violent housing project in the north Bronx, so if she could do it, so could I. I was expected to mother my daughter alone in silence. Not doing so proved that I was weak.

So many people crack under that pressure. I didn’t want to be one of those people then. I don’t want to be one of those people now.

No wonder women suffer in silence… Organization like National Organization For Women, Women Against Abuse, and Women Against Discrimination in the Court System are working on our behalf to make a difference.

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For there is no partiality with God- Romans








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