Shhhh. Don’t tell. But we just witnessed a historic moment…
Consider this headline, commentary in the wake of Hillary Clinton’s nomination: “When Women Win, Everyone Wins.”
So what do you think?
I suppose this sentiment dovetails nicely with “Women’s rights are human rights,” though I can’t say I care for this pop culture favorite: “Happy wife, happy life.”
But first things first… The political glass ceiling, the glass ceiling for women in general, and this Times opinion piece on the subject by Nicholas Kristof.
Addtessing his own sex through a presumed stereotypical lens, Kristof writes:
Should men applaud that another barrier has fallen so that our world is more fair and equitable? Or should we fret that when women win, we lose — that soon we’ll have to give up grunting and football games for putting down toilet seats and talking about our “feelings”?
I confess… I know plenty of non-grunting, emotion-articulating, non pigskin-worshipping men that would be irked and offended by that gender generalization. But let’s continue.
Noting that many women were seen celebrating at last week’s Democratic National Convention, Kristof wonders if men are (secretly?) put off by this historic milestone.
Speaking purely anecdotally, I know my two Millennial sons think gender is a non-issue, but qualifications and experience are; the (very) non-neanderthal men I know — 50-somethings and 60-somethings — likewise.
However, I hang with an enlightened (and yes, rather liberal) crowd.
Democratic strategists also worry, rightly I think, that the giddy enthusiasm for gender progress may turn off men. Already, Donald Trump has a huge lead among white men with no college degree, and that’s the reason the overall polls are close.
… a lesson of history is that when women advance, humanity advances.
Kristof wants to allay their concerns. You know, with facts.
He makes points about public health gains when women vote, and those gains help boys and men as well as girls and women. He tells us that women are more likely to report domestic abuse when communities hire more female police officers. And this means fewer related deaths.
And we’ve seen references to study data that reflect that mixed gender teams in business outperform single sex teams — male or female.
The following is of particular note to me, and I suspect to millions of others who have known the disorientation and worry of being laid off — an especially precarious situation when you find yourself over 50 and unemployed.
Scholars have also found that female-owned businesses (and companies abroad with more women on the boards) were less likely than male-owned businesses to lay off employees during the Great Recession. This hurt short-term profits but may have been worth it to sustain morale and retain talent…
Whatever your politics in this election, I urge you to read the article in its entirety.
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