Time Magazine’s cover because of its February 8th issue is just one, pink, knitted hat with the words”The Resistance Rises” written over it. An estimated 500,000 women wore pink hats in the Women’s March in Washington on January 21, 2017. Listed below are eight strong reasons why you need to wear a pink hat (and have a stand against sex and race discrimination in different ways).
1. So much has changed and yet so much remains stuck at the nostalgia of some other era. (Brigid Schulte, writer of Overwhelmed: Work, Love, and Play When No One Has the Time)
2. The hard-won rights for women and women that lots of us take for granted could be snatched away. Culturally, those rights are extremely shallowly embedded. They have not been around that long, historically, and they aren’t fervently believed in by everyone in the culture.
3. We are in new historic territory… Many countless horrified Americans have started to grasp that we can not politely stand by watching lands, families and liberties become slashed beyond repair… politeness isn’t a substitute for morality, and will not save us at the end. We only get to choose who we are. As a writer and a person my bedrock is continuing hope for a better world than this one… (Barbara Kingsolver, American novelist, essayist, and poet, in an op-ed piece printed in The Guardian)
4. We’re here and around the world for a profound democracy that says we won’t be quiet, we won’t be controlled, we’ll work for a world where all nations are connected. We’re at one with each other. We’re looking at each other, not up. No longer asking daddy. (Gloria Steinem in the Women’s March in Washington)
5. The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) states that based on the tiny incremental changes Canada has made in gender equality in the senior management level during the last twenty years, it is going to require 228 years to close the gender gap in Canada. (I don’t know what the information is from the U.S. but it’s probably similar.)
6. A 2015 study from LeanIn.Org and McKinsey & Company looked at data on advertising and attrition rates (in addition to other facets ) in 118 different businesses. Black, Hispanic, and Asian women are 43 percent more interested in becoming a top executive compared to white girls and 16 percent more interested than white guys, but at a 2016″Women in the Workplace” study, researchers found that just 3% of those inhabiting the C-Suite are women of color.
7. Women face sexual harassment at work and they experience problems when they come forward. For every woman who complains, there are still a lot more girls who have left jobs, been demoted, or continue to be abused or harassed in the work area.
After working in education for 28 years, I’ve concluded that there isn’t any such thing as a meritocracy, there’s absolutely no level playing field for girls in regards to getting promoted to senior leadership positions, and the glass ceiling is alive and well in North America and in other areas of the world. Gender equality hasn’t been completely achieved and women’s rights initiatives and quotas are entirely relevant and even essential in the present world.
Studies have identified that common obstacles to girls who try to attain senior leadership positions are traditional, patriarchal cultures, and perceived male dominance of direction, but no uniform”glass” or”concrete” ceilings emerge because they aren’t consistent across cultures or societies, nor are they homogenous within each society or civilization.
The barriers experienced by women depend on religious and cultural beliefs and values, emotional dimensions, socio-economic and political elements. Not at all with Squirrel Poop.