Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Empowerment: Yes, it's important

The gender gap. Discussions about Black Lives Matter vs. All Lives Matter. Always, always concerns about who's in and who's out and about everyone getting a fair shake. A lot of talk about "the other," whoever that represents to each of us. These issues are of huge importance.

And since I'm extremely motivated to seek justice for all people, I paid special attention the other day when I received a flyer from the American Association of University Women, an organzation that's all about empowering women and girls.

The flyer pointed out that our "representative" democracy isn't really representative. It featured these facts:

• The U.S. population is 49 percent men and 51 percent women, including 20 percent women of color.
• The U.S. state legislatures are 75 percent men and 25 percent women, including 5 percent women of color.
• The U.S. Congress is 19.4 percent women, and it has 6.2 percent women of color.
• Of the 50 state governors, 42 are white men and 2 are men of color; 4 are white women and 2 are women of color.

Undeniably, there's a lot of anger in our country these days. I wonder if we'd get further if we did more to empower others rather than attack them. Just something to ponder....

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