Sunday, May 8, 2016

Saluting Moms

Here's wishing a happy Mothers' Day to all the mothers out there. My mom is visiting my sister, also a mom, on the west side of LA. Speaking of LA, I'm pretty sure M. Bouffant is one bad mother... okay, I'll shut my mouth.

On a serious note, equal pay for women, especially single mothers, remains a political hot-button issue, which should be a no-brainer... though the brainless fight against it. Paid family leave is another benefit which is mandated in only five states, with my beloved New York having just adopted the policy. Reproductive choice is under fire throughout the United States.

Mothers' Day is one of those days that is characterized by glossy, lovey-dovey media coverage, but the reality is that the patriarchial authoritarian power structure still acts as if women's rights are negotiable. Amid the flowers, cards, candy, and brunches, remember that one must continue the fight- do it for mom, you owe her.

2 comments:

Nasreen Iqbal said...

I guess things were very different not that long ago, but I work in the oil industry, and the notion of women in the workplace - even in top positions - is not exactly edgy.

Equal pay for equal work? It's a little odd that it's a controversial political topic.

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

We end up losing on these issues in state after state because at the national level, we do not have effective representation. Our side is too heavily co-opted by the big banks and other large corporations.

Shorter: Without economic justice, we can't maintain enough political power to fight off the other side.
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