We Should all be Feminists . . . Just ask Obama

I recently published an article by National Geographic entitled In their Words:  How Children are Affected by Gender Issues.

It’s safe to say that the gender gap in our world is alive and well.  I did expect to see a bigger gender gap in kids coming from less well-developed countries.  Where there is economic and social instability.  It’s obvious in well-developed countries, there is less of this gap and yes, kids do have more opportunities not based on gender.  However, gender-wage equality is very alive and well, even in this country, the richest in the world.

So, how does feminism play as a role in gender equality?  Just ask President Obama.

In August, President Obama posted an expose in Glamour News and Politics that every man should embrace and ‘think’ like a feminist.  It’s obvious Obama wrote this expose as a response to the upcoming election. Well, we know how all that ended.

I’d like to think that I’ve been pretty aware of the unique challenges women face—it’s what has shaped my own feminism. – Barack Obama

He begins his personally written expose embracing his now short commute and basically living “above the store” and spending more time with his two daughters. He suggests that the progress that women have made (without the present administration I might add) has shaped him to the person he is today, a feminist.

The progress we’ve made in the past 100 years, 50 years, and, yes, even the past eight years has made life significantly better for my daughters than it was for my grandmothers. And I say that not just as President but also as a feminist. – Barack Obama

Wishful thinking Mr. President, but I think not.  I think most feminists and even non-feminists would agree :

Mr Obama, you have done little to improve women’s rights and equality in this country.

This is now coming off the heels of a president who supported the democratic nominee on the gender card and lost.  Unfortunately, Hilary also did little to improve the economic gender gap while in the political arena for more than 35 years.

I think most people who want best for their sons and daughters are getting a little tired of a president that speaks of equality when our present social programs have widened the male to female economic gap.

Economic equality is certainly alive and well and going in the wrong direction over the past 8 years .

Now, the most important people in my life have always been women. I was raised by a single mom, who spent much of her career working to empower women in developing countries. I watched as my grandmother, who helped raise me, worked her way up at a bank only to hit a glass ceiling. – Barack Obama

Glass ceiling, yes, I’ve heard that before.  Remember that Hilary wanted to break that glass ceiling.  Considering she paid her female staffers 70 cents to every dollar compared to her male counterpart, yes, I would say that glass ceiling is standing pretty firm right now.

Since Obamas elections in 2008 and 2012, the income gender gap has steadily widened between men and women.  A staggering 57 million women over 16 are out of the work force today because of the crushing policies under Obama’s watch.

There has been a steady decline in women’s income and an increase in both unemployment and poverty in the past 8 years Obama has been in office.

In 2011, the very first bill Obama signed into law was The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. This allowed employees to contest discriminatory paychecks without a statute of limitations. It did little to narrow the economic wage gap and led to an increase in lawsuits. (Huffpost)

This has hit single women the hardest. Even in the face of this political discourse, women overwhelmingly voted for Obama in 2012 (66%).

The labor-force participation rate for females is now 56.4 percent, the lowest in more than 25 years. (RealClear Politics)

The only real impact was adding 7 trillion dollars to the national debt in an attempt to stimulate job growth. A dismal failure.

I also have to admit that when you’re the father of two daughters, you become even more aware of how gender stereotypes pervade our society. You see the subtle and not-so-subtle social cues transmitted through culture. You feel the enormous pressure girls are under to look and behave and even think a certain way. – Barack Obama

And education will not guarantee a way out either . Take for example the Federal Student Loan program that provides Pell grants for a small minority at the expense of tax payers and a burgeoning student loan debt for most everyone else.

Most of Obama’s attempt at fixing one problem has led to 2 and 3 more.  His policies compound what I call “push-back”.  Take for example Obama Care.  This has only added to the cost of healthcare and has hurt women financially.  This comes in the wake of many of his job policies that have caused an increase in unemployment and entitlement programs.  He is not called the “Food Stamp President” for nothing.

And why is feminism an issue?  It really wasn’t ever an issue until this election cycle.  We get it, but if you’re going to bring it up, then certainly we will all take a look at your track record on feminism.

We need to keep changing the attitude that congratulates men for changing a diaper, stigmatizes full-time dads, and penalizes working mothers. We need to keep changing the attitude that values being confident, competitive, and ambitious in the workplace—unless you’re a woman. Then you’re being too bossy, and suddenly the very qualities you thought were necessary for success end up holding you back. – Barack Obama

Because of these social policies, Obama has only added to the national debt, increased women’s poverty, especially for single women and done nothing to change the growing wage gap between men and women in the workplace.

So Mr. Obama as the very first self-proclaimed feminist – president while promoting feminist-ideology, you really did little to improve women equality in your 8 years of office.  Some of us will be happy to see you go.

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7 thoughts on “We Should all be Feminists . . . Just ask Obama

  1. I’m English and as such live in a country less dominated by ‘big business’ than yourself. In my opinion, there is no country in the world that is governed solely by elected government. At the back of every politician and ever government is a lobbying commercial interest with only a monetary profit as its goal. It has no social aims. If that profitable aim is in the national interest then it is willingly accepted as a political ambition and adopted as policy. Governments do not make money, only business create that. America has diverse business interests but all having to be profitable in order to employ anyone. One factor to profitability is wages. So, whilst any country is governed by its controlling business associates any sector of the population in work who can be suppressed by a ‘wage-control’ will be!
    Predominantly that applies to women throughout the world, but, and it’s a big but, another part of the working population similarly restrained in their monetary ambitions are immigrants who are in one way or another ‘prepared’ to work for less! Stop the immigration and raise the earning ability of women will lead to less income for any business where they are employed.
    None that is fair, but life is unfair. In a fair society sex, religion, colour and all other forms of discrimination should not count towards the capacity of someone earning what they are due. But where is that utopia and where could that dream become a reality without the money that universal business creates?
    It is admirable to point out the shortcomings of a free western civilised society, however, it is more worthy of commendation if a solution can be found. I have no answer to right the wrongs found in democracy, but wrongs there most certainly are.
    Thank you for allowing me to comment.

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    1. I agree, but I wrote this post just to exemplify some of Obamas failed policies. And there are a lot! It’s obvious to me he wrote this expose out of a need to bring feminism to the forefront of politics due to the implied sexist nature of the new incoming president Trump. Yes, we do not live in a Utopian society and there will always be people who struggle more, make less and get left behind. But for the president to continue to claim that he is doing so much for women and he continues to claim that his policies have been so good for all of us. To the contrary, many of his policies are not only creating a bigger wage gap but crushing American business. His policies have directly led to a lot of what you talk about, cheap wage labor to immigrants, many , I might add , that are here illegally. I agree that many businesses will make more money on this cheap labor, but it is at the expense of people and the society they live in. It only benefits a smaller group.

      In the case of him tooting his own horn on feminism and improving the quality of life for his daughters in the last 8 years, it’s really not even true. In fact, he paints a rosy picture for everyone, while the country suffers in all aspects of business and healthcare. To talk the talk, you must walk the walk I’ve always been told.

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  2. I can totally agree with your statement concerning small groups of profiteers being the only ones to benefit from this form of discrimination, but I cannot comment your president’s inconsistency with the truth as I’ve never actually taken much notice. I guess that disqualifies me from commenting as I’m a complete cynic when it comes to any politician, even our own.
    In my own life, I have found an equal number of men and women who are highly capable of dealing with whatever challenge is thrown at them, unfortunately, in the vast majority of cases, the women I have known were paid less. On the occasions I have female executives all have not only impressed me by their expertise but it was an absolute pleasure to work alongside them. Women not only contribute an intellect to a situation but a totally different approach that men cannot. A man in middle-level management (my experience and in general) are mainly driven by the applause from their peers, whereas a woman in the same role does not want just the accolades and commendations, she wants to feel that power that comes from the self-satisfaction of achieving the success that previously was exclusive to a man. In the right company, controlled by the right person or board, if a woman is ambitious then she will not only succeed but excel!
    You have identified the problem; breaking the bond that holds them back, the next step has to be in a women’s hands. There is no man in charge of a successful corporate business that will promote a woman purely because of her sex.
    Things are improving for women, particularly in Europe. The Prime Minister of the UK is a woman. (we had a great woman PM before this one) The Chancellor of Germany is a woman. America can still justifiably call itself the leader of the free world, but only now because of its military power not its politics nor aspirations towards other nations.
    I do not wish to appear patronising with this statement but women bring a special attribute to the table of power; compassion. There are few men in both politics and business who share that quality. I know of none.
    To conclude this somewhat lengthy reply to your excellent ‘blog’ I wish that the world would recognise the wisdom in accepting more women in the very top jobs in all walks of life, but the cynical reality is that it won’t. Women must achieve the breaking of that ‘glass-ceiling’ themselves. Perseverance is a powerful weapon!
    Thank for indulging an old wreck of a man here. I wish you well and a Very Merry Christmas to you.

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