Women’s Rights

– Aside from the oh so obvious fact that it is just plain wrong to tell half the human race they are inferior just because men have bigger muscles than they do, the discrimination and marginalization of women has many consequences which hurt us all; men and women alike.

– It is wrong culturally, it is wrong politically and it is wrong from a survival POV because the marginalization of women hastens the coming Perfect Storm.

– You will find this article, referred to below, an excellent reference on this vitally important topic.

Women do two-thirds of the world’s work, receive 10 percent of the world’s income and own 1 percent of the means of production.

– from Richard H. Robbins, Global Problems and the Culture of Capitalism, (Allyn and Bacon, 1999), p. 354

– And finally note that the United States is one of the few nations in the world, and the only industrial nation, to not have ratified the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). More on where the US falls short here:

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Women’s rights around the world are an important indicator of understanding global well-being. Many may think that women’s rights are only an issue in countries where religion is law, such as many Muslim countries. Or even worse, some people may think this is no longer an issue at all. But reading this report about the United Nation’s Women’s Treaty and how an increasing number of countries are lodging reservations, will show otherwise.

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