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.