Blame It On the Rain


Okay so I’m still on the political thing. In fact, I may be riding this out until the United States presidential elections are over . . . so get ready. I’ve been holding my peace for quite some time now, and I just can’t hold it anymore. Over the past few weeks, several prominent stories have emerged in the media that clearly demonstrates the undervaluing of women lives.

On a national level, so surprising with Karen Handel at the helm of the Susan G. Komen Foundation and the decision to defund Planned Parenthood — and then later reversing the decision – and now her resignation.

On an international level, not so surprising, the heartbreaking story of the young Afghan woman that was murdered for giving birth to a girl, instead of a boy.

And, on a local level — and SO not in the news– I was in a salon recently and a woman said with full conviction, “I’d never vote for a female president, women are too emotional.”

Clearly Karen wasn’t prepared for the backlash that ensued once she made the announcement. Immediately there were cries of outrage from “what was she thinking” to “off with her head”. In her resignation letter, it seems she pulled the “don’t shoot the messenger” card. I get that, but it makes me wonder if she made the decision to defund Planned Parenthood to promote her own political agenda or was this merely a decision by a committee where she had the unfortunate responsibility of delivering the news?

I don’t know. I don’t care.

What I do care about (and what I think this is truly about) is women’s health. The lesson for me in this whole debacle is to be particularly careful about to whom and to what I give my money and my time.

I’m optimistic that we can get past this blind allegiance where we support organizations who tout that they support women’s health and women’s issues, only to find that funding is provided only to the women’s issues on which they agree.  

I pray that Afghan women living in the eastern part of the world that are fighting for human rights prevail.  Every woman (I believe in my western cultural point of view) is entitled to fair treatment, and deserve to have their basic rights and freedom secured.  

And I hope that woman that would “never vote for a female president” always receives equal pay for equal work, is never slighted because of her gender, race or socioeconomic status, and receives adequate healthcare coverage for conditions that are specific to women.  

Oh. . . . and I also hope she never decides to become a leader in her community or in her career. Never decides to make a difference in the world . . . never mentors young women. . . never gets involved in women’s advocacy or civil rights . . . but of course, I’m too emotional to make sense right now.

 Does anyone have a Kleenex and a Midol?