With everyone focused on the current health predicament facing the world -- COVID-19 -- some things have gotten lost in the shuffle. We thought it'd be good to have a change of topic for today's …
With everyone focused on the current health predicament facing the world -- COVID-19 -- some things have gotten lost in the shuffle. We thought it'd be good to have a change of topic for today's editorial, turning our focus away from a virus and putting it on the very people that brought us into the world in the first place … women.
March is Women's History Month. It's been celebrated since the 80s. The purpose is to celebrate the contributions women have made to the United States.
Each one of our lives have been shaped by strong women, whether it's our mothers, our sisters, our friends or the countless women whose inventions we use in our everyday lives and whose contributions to society are numerous.
Some of these lesser known women, which were recently recognized by USA Today, include Tabitha Babbitt who invented the circular saw in 1812; Ada Lovelace created the first computer algorithm in 1843; Maria Beasley created the first life raft in 1882; Anna Connelly the fire escape in 1887; Margaret A. Wilcox the car heater in 1893; Letitia Geer the medical syringe in 1899; and Maria Telkes the thermoelectric power generator in 1947, just to name a few. Another more popular name is actress Hedy Lamarr who created the technology that we'd eventually use for our cellular devices and Bluetooth.
While it's great that we have this month of national recognition, if we truly want to honor women it's time, as a society, we give them what they deserve …. equal pay and equal recognition.
On the equal pay note, there's no reason in 2020, that a woman with the same level of experience and education of a man be paid less. An interesting example from the sports world is the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team. They are currently being paid less than the men's team which hasn't even experienced a mere fraction of the success they have. We're rooting for these ladies to get what they deserve.
And as far as equal recognition, the most popular example is that we haven't yet had a female president. Let's be clear, it would be foolish to vote for any one candidate simply based on their gender. However, in the presidential primaries in recent years, on both sides of the political spectrum -- Republican and Democrat -- there have been highly qualified women who've thrown their hats into the ring. We hope voters will give these women a chance in the coming years.
While women have been fighting for equality for years, it's going to take more than their efforts. For example, a man is writing this very editorial. It's important that us guys join the battle for equality and show the women in our lives that we too believe in equality. And if we can all work together in solidarity, hopefully by the end of this decade, and hopefully much sooner, we can make this a reality.