Women Make the World Go Round

Now I don’t want this to sound like a feminist rant, so you gentlemen are safe to read on. I’m just reflecting on life present and past, from a woman’s point of view. I believe that women are the driving force behind a lot of what goes on in the world today – families, marriages, keeping things in order, at work and at home. We women have a tremendous amount of responsibilities but yet we always give ourselves a hard time. There’s dust on the furniture, the shopping isn’t done, the dishes are piling up. Gosh, have we been sitting around and eating bon-bons all day? Probably not!

Fortunately, we’ve come a long way from biblical times. Women fought hard to gain the rights that we all have today, although I wonder if anyone truly appreciates and values those rights anymore, or are theyjust taken for granted. Voter turnout in the US is a sad snapshot into the state of affairs in our country – a laz-a-fair attitude. When you want to delve into the history of the rights gained by women in our country, just make sure you are getting an accurate picture of that history. If you tune into groups like NOW – the National Organization for Women – they just seem intent on pushing issues that do harm to women, and do not stand up for all women of all political views. Margaret Sanger was not a hero to women – look into her true history.

Women went off to work when the men went off to the world wars. They propped up the nation and kept the nation’s factories and businesses running. Even baseball was saved by women during the wars. But I think back to the days when women were expected to stay home, keep house and raise a family and wonder if we really have come that far. Nowadays, we feel guilty if we are not off working full-time and bringing in ‘our share’ of the income for the family. But does the family suffer for this – I think so. The tables have turned completely – we now are a nation that lives on fast food, because mom doesn’t feel like going to the grocery store and preparing a home-cooked meal at the end of a long day. Our children are left at home alone and a new term is developed – latch-key kids. Is this really healthy – does the money make up for precious time lost with our children? They are grown up and gone before we know it.

I believe that women are the driving force is most things in our society – even though they may be an office cleaner, or the secretary who gets those business proposals that the boss should have given you yesterday, turned in by the deadline, where would the world be without women? Generally, men come home and they consider their day complete. They eat dinner and the TV turns on and they’re tuned out. But there are no weekends for women who have families – the kids need something for school, there are problems to deal with, chores to be given and inspected, teeth to be brushed. Women have no vacations, no days off. Even when we’re on vacation, we’re not if we have children along, right? So look into your proud heritage and reflect on womanhood of yesterday and today and don’t try to be a superwoman. We are people too!

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