One of my sisters is famous for saying “do not disrespect the person who feeds you”. For generations women have been disrespected and died because of corporate leaders who breathe cheap labor. It is no surprise that women are at the bottom of the leadership ladder globally. Cheap labor continues to cost the poor (the majority are women) their lives, contaminated environments, and lack of access for a better future. What many do not understand is despite the deaths, rotten environments so many live in as a result of cheap labor. Enduring these conditions without questioning too many things is not by choice for many. The alternative is worse and therefore, it is easy to endure the existing conditions for many. The alternatives are a combination of eating every day, going hungry or be part of the 2.5 million people who are forced into an exploited labor, including an estimated of 1.2 million children, and nearly 100 percent of these victims experience physical violence, women and girls according to a UN study.
Actions speak louder than words. We all know the say by now. What happens when no actions follow with any words from those we elect to speak and make the best decision for us? When will a senator, mayor etc. choose to make a decision because he or she knows that’s what best for the country, especially if that decision determines if you die or live tomorrow?
It is time that officials take their emotions, beliefs out of vital decisions and understand the constitution of this country. As much America has to offer, the rights granted as a result of the constitution. It is sad to see so many immoral, chauvinistic and incompetent elected officials claiming to represent others, when deep down, their interest is what matters.
Because I AM “good looking”, determined and always ready to fight for the underdog. When I talked to a lawyer about law school five years ago, he said “I was too passionate about too many issues.” You see why I went for Public Health and Technology? Hope Obama stops calling women “good looking” unless it’s me!
“There’s no sin in failing, but the sin is never trying.” Paula Deen
For every life living today, a life has been taken. This is why freedom and fairness must be fought for in all fonts. Our problems today are Wars, Racism and Poverty, which equals to violence in our countries. The cities in America and the rest of the world that are and have been dealing with chronic violence have the highest uneducated, unemployment, wealth gap and racism. Violence is triggered by one thing or another, it doesn’t come from nowhere. Let’s stop bury our dirty laundry and face reality.
Attitude is everything–Diane Von Furstenberg
From Madonna, Halle Berry, Rihanna and the newborn babies, abuse IS REAL and we have ourselves to blame. We throw water on the fire and hope it destroys it for good. When we know the flames will come back brighter if all neighbors go back to their house after watching it go off. We live in a society where violence is acceptable in the home, media, schools, which young children, especially girls never question and fight.
We are still waiting to see who is the Female President in America. However, Obama has been called the first Female, Asian-America, Hispanic, Jewish, Gay President. When I hear these labels, I think about 20 years from now, when the world will not be able to label us, but forced to know us through dialogues before quickly attempt to paint us. Instead be the First to say, I have or know someone who cares about specific problems in the world.
Today may be the day that you do not want to deal, hear, and do anything. It could be that you believe you are in a hard place and suffering. You may be dealing with something that stops you from believing in everything you used to believe. You are not alone. The only way of knowing you are not alone is to share your story with someone. You can lift someone simply by reaching out.
Dear Congress and everyone else: Please understand “Feminism is an entire world view or gestalt, not just a laundry list of women’s issues- Charlotte Bunch.”
Government has the biggest responsibility in the world to reduce abuse women face globally. From ensuring harsher punishment, improving economic condition, provide access and opportunities and improving inequality, the government should lead. Because abusing women is so acceptable in the world, many see it as a non-issue and use all condition to oppress women and America will not be one of them. While harsher sentence is government’s obligation, communities and media have the obligation to be vigilant, speak up, stop living cowardly and caving to the status quo. It is time that we wake up and face violence women are facing.
Six months ago, WoC told you about the purple party America needs. If you have been watching the two parties in our country, you’ll know now is the time to seize the moment to start a new political party. It was Andrew Jackson who says “I’ve got big shoes to fill. This is my chance to do something; I have to seize the moment.” And now is the time for America to seize the moment. It is time that we accept America is changing and change as people and politically.
“Now is the accepted time, not tomorrow, not some more convenient season. It is today that our best work can be done and not some future day or future year. It is today that we fit ourselves for the greater usefulness of tomorrow. Today is the seed time, now are the hours of work, and tomorrow comes the harvest and the playtime.” – W.E.B. Du Bois