It’s International Women’s Day, and since 49.6% of the world’s population is born female (as of yesterday at 4:30pm, anyway), we at The Clock Out though we should recognize such an important holiday. But instead of asking everyone how they “celebrated” (is it even a holiday you celebrate?), we decided to share the biggest issues we think women face today, both serious and sarcastic (because if too serious is too boring.) And yes, we mean everyone – The Clock Out dudes too. Because in order to solve the female problems of the world, we need to do it together. Here are our thoughts.
Hit that hype horn, because it’s International Women’s Day! Per Wikipedia, March 8th, “International Women’s Day is a public holiday in some countries and largely ignored elsewhere. In some places, it is a day of protest; in others, it is a day that celebrates womanhood.” So why is it that it’s 2019, and there is probably some asshole out there, muttering, “Ehhh, when is International Men’s Day, ehhh?” It’s November 19th, so mark your fucking calendars, and we’ll celebrate Man Day on Man Day – today is about us lady-folk.
The truth is that while we, the women, have come a long way – 100 years since Congress passed the right for women to vote, in fact – we still have a way to go. Personally, I don’t think there is just one major issue facing women in society today. We are still underrepresented in many industries, underpaid compared to male peers, and undervalued as a whole. Reproductive rights, violence against women, the wage gap, general gender bias – I could go on. Across our culture, these issues affect women of every age and socioeconomic status.
I don’t have the answer, but I do have a suggestion. Stay informed. Read, listen, and watch, and above all, think critically.
I realize that I might sound like a downer, so I want to end this on a higher note. Today is not only about recognizing the issues that we face but also celebrating women everywhere. So, I want to celebrate my mom, my grandmothers, my aunts, my cousins, my second-cousins, my niece, my friends, my frenemies, and every woman out there. So whether you’re a woman, or a man, or non-gender conforming, chances are that you know a woman out there that you can say, “Hey, YOU! Happy Women’s Day!”
I’m sure others have touched on the same big points that are always talked about when it comes to women’s issues, like reproductive rights, sexism, the wage gap, and the like. However, given that today is international women’s day, I want to highlight big problems that we don’t deal with directly in the United States.
In a lot of places, women who are raped aren’t disbelieved or questioned in a Congressional hearing, they’re forced to marry their rapists. In a lot of places, women don’t have difficulty advancing in their jobs because of sexism, but because they’re among the 30 million people who are victims of human trafficking worldwide. In other parts of the world, women not having reproductive freedom doesn’t mean not having the right to choose but instead facing threats of genital mutilation.
I don’t want to diminish the importance of us tackling issues like believing rape victims, having the right to choose, or needing to identify where women are being held back unfairly in the workplace. It’s also not meant to point out how good women have it in the US. But on international women’s day, I think it’s important that we all remember that we in the US may not have gotten as far as we would like, but we’re much further ahead than some other places. Let’s try to remember those women facing horrific conditions we couldn’t imagine and do our best to make helping them a priority too.
Not only have the women before you paved the way for equal rights, education, employment and an all around better world, they grew your ass inside of their own bodies for 9 months while doing it. Thank a woman today. Happy International Women’s Day.
I think the number one issue that affects women today is fear. Fear of downloading Bumble BFF. Fear of never knowing if your “business casual” outfit is too revealing. Fear that you’ll never have an impact. Fear of temptation. Fear you don’t travel enough. Fear of communicating your sexual preferences or desires. Fear of going to the movies alone. Fear that you’ll become a statistic. Fear to admit you love Taylor Swift. Fear you’ll let your friends down if you don’t pay for things you don’t have the money to pay for. Fear of the scale. Fear of interrupting a man on a conference call. Fear you’ll disappoint. Fear to say yes to a Hinge date because he looks skinnier than you. Fear that you sound like a bitch in an email. Fear to admit you use alcohol as a crutch on a regular basis. Fear that you’ll never meet the one. Fear of taking a class in something you’ve never tried before alone. Fear commitment. Fear the person you screenshot from Instagram and make fun of in the group chat is actually you. Fear of blending in…yet fear of standing out.
I feel like the the pressing issue for women today is society’s rule of covering up nipples. #Freethenipple is a cause I am passionate about. Everyone should know the majesty of a summer breeze at the beach on their nipple. No one should have to worry about undesired tan lines. I feel like everyone should be free to (or not participate) showing their nipples if they desire.
I’m not going to lie, there’s a lot I could rail about here. But in the interest of time, I’m going to pick one, and only one, thing: the expiration of the Violence Against Women Act.
Signed in 1994, and reauthorized in both 2000, 2005, and 2013, the act places emphasis on coordinated community responses from courts, law enforcement, prosecutors, victim services, and the private bar to domestic violence, sex dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. It also supports organizations engaged at the community-level in work to end domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking, particularly those groups that provide cultural- and language-specific services, including those aimed at the Native American communities.
Sounds great, right? Well, the morons in Congress let the VAWA expire on December 21, 2018, temporarily reinstated it via a short-term spending bill on January 25, 2019, and then let it expire again on February 15, 2019. So glad my tax dollars are paying this fuckers’ paychecks when they can’t get this small thing right.
Nancy Pelosi reintroduced the bill yesterday, and before you think it’s a partisan issue, let me say that the 2019 reauthorization is co-sponsored by Republican Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania and Democratic Rep. Karen Bass of California. You can help by urging your Representatives and Senators to vote yes – find out how to reach them here.