Is there any woman in the U.S. who thinks this? I left the U.S. in '73, and vowed to stay away until we ratified CEDAW. I came back in '01, and still no CEDAW. In our failure to ratify, we are aligned with these other bastions of female suppression: Iran, Palau, Somalia, Sudan, and Tonga. Our shameful lack of paid maternity leave prevails also in only Papua New Guinea and Oman. Our unequal pay remains at 77% since the '70s. Need I elaborate? No, we do not think this, and we are not amused
What is the answer? If, indeed, the restoration of gender equity is the sine qua non for our survival, as many aver, how can we achieve it? Looking back over history, there have been societies which assured peace and prosperity for all, and they were often lead by (or prominently advised by) women. If the Founding Fathers, who modeled our government on that of the Iroquois Confederacy, had listened to the advice of the female, as well as the male, elders, we would now have the fourth house of government, consisting of post-menopausal women, which allowed them to incorporate women's voices so successfully.
It is not too late to restore gender equity, and alter the unsustainable trajectory, imposed upon us by the patriarchy. My forthcoming book, "OUR FUTURE IS FEMALE-- How Women [and Men} Will Save the World," details (why and) how. --Nai`a NEWLIGHT